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Swearingen will sing during 2015 World Championships

Vail’s Beth Swearingen (center) celebrates winning Sunday’s 2015 National Anthem audition with judges (from left-to-right) Rayla Kundolf, Jim Palermo and Maxine Graboyes.
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VAIL — Beth Swearingen’s talents have taken her to the Broadway stage, around the nation and around the globe. Now her vocal prowess will be showcased to the entire world as the Vail resident earned the top spot on the podium Sunday during the auditions to sing the national anthem prior to a 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships race.

Swearingen bested a field of 25 applicants at the public auditions, held in conjunction with Vail’s weekly farmers market. In the opening round of competition, candidates were required to provide an a cappella version of a song of their choosing. Round two included nine finalists singing an a cappella rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The auditions were judged by Jim Palermo, Bravo! Vail president and executive director; Rayla Kundolf, Masters Gallery and Gallerie Zuger director; and Maxine’s Singing Studio voice instructor Maxine Graboyes.

Swearingen may well have a second opportunity to show her national pride as the Fabulous Femmes, featuring Swearingen, Kathy Morrow and Sally Peterson, were selected as an alternate, along with Minturn’s Terry Armistead.

Each day’s rendition of the national anthem will be broadcast to more than 70 countries via the European Broadcasting Union.

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Scheduled Feb. 2-15, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will showcase athletes from over 70 nations, with an estimated 750 million worldwide TV viewers.

For more information on the Championships, visit http://www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.

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