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Worlds Closing Ceremonies set for Sunday at Redtail

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What: Closing ceremonies for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, following the conclusion of the men’s slalom

Where: Red Tail Stadium, Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — All good things must end, and this two-week celebration of the world’s greatest ski racing is no exception.

After two weeks of nonstop free big-name concerts, cultural and community events, closing ceremonies for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is Sunday afternoon.

“We’re so happy the world came to visit, and we hate to see them leave,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and the organizing committee.

Sunday afternoon’s closing ceremonies will be packed, but shorter than the opening ceremonies of two weeks ago, mostly because no one likes long goodbyes.

You’ll be part of it with all kinds of audience participation.

We’ll pass the flag and the torch to St. Moritz, our sister city and host of the 2017 World Championships.

We’ll crank up some fireworks, because this is America. While the Chinese invented gunpowder and fireworks, we shoot more than anyone … at least we will Sunday.

There will be daytime fireworks because the Closing Ceremonies begin around 4 p.m. Sunday in Beaver Creek’s Red Tail Stadium, following the final event, the men’s slalom.

Legendary soul singer Hazel Miller will perform, and keep performing until the fun runs out.

And they’re giving away all kinds of wonderful stuff.

It’s a way to say thank you to the world for visiting, and to the community for being such gracious hosts.

“We’re so proud of our community,” Folz said. “The size of the crowds has been amazing and so has the support. They’ve cheered for every racer, and not just the Americans or the ones they knew.”

We’re not done yet

We’re not done yet, of course. The women’s slalom is Saturday, featuring Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin and Sarah Schleper, who’s skiing for Mexico after a decade and a half with the U.S. Ski Team.

In Vail at Golden Peak, dozens of racers will compete for a spot in Sunday’s men’s slalom.

If you make your way to Red Tail Stadium and the grandstands are already full, you can make your way around the west side where race crews have carved stairs into the snow and you can stroll up to a viewing area on the west side of the course — the Grouse Mountain side.

Because Saturday’s and Sunday’s races are slaloms, you’ll be right on top of the action, said Jen Brown, communications director for Beaver Creek.

“We hope people will stick around for the Closing Ceremonies and show their support by cheering all the way to the last racer,” Brown said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.




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