Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 20 February 2021 (MOREL)– After two weeks of breathtaking races and thrilling sportsmanship on the tracks, to the delight of snow sports enthusiasts worldwide, these 46th Alpine World Ski Championships are finally coming to an end. In a picture-perfect Cortina, blessed by snow and sun in equal measure, the closure of these 15 days of World Championships will be sealed by the Closing Ceremony, “From Ski to the Sky”, scheduled for Sunday 21 February, immediately after the prize giving ceremony, and organised by Fondazione Cortina 2021 in collaboration with Triumph Group.
From the town centre of Cortina, the stage will metaphorically take shape on the Ampezzo slopes, illuminated by the natural light of the afternoon. The show - as suggested by the ceremony’s name – aims to create an amalgamation of the sky and skiing, through performers and athletes, armed and law enforcement forces, who will descend on the Druscié A track for an exhibition on the slope. The Alpine Troops will salute the World Championships with the fanfare of the Julia Alpine Brigade, while the paratroopers of the Army Sports Centre will land the Tricolor by the grandstand. Finally, from the slope, a symbol of life and rebirth will rise towards the sky, from ski to the sky, with which Cortina 2021 takes leave.
The conclusion of the World Championships in the Queen of the Dolomites will be marked visually by the lowering of the Tricolour flag (performed by the State Police and the Guardia di Finanza) and by the FIS banner (performed by the Carabinieri and the Alpini). The latter will then be handed over to the delegation of the Courchevel-Méribel 2023 World Championship Organising Committee.
The ceremony, developed and directed by Marco Boarino will have a dynamic rhythm, featuring speedrider Armin Senoner and an unedited Giorgio Rocca who will give a spectacular performance filled with special effects. The commentator of the Cortina 2021 races, Zoran Filicic, will present while the volunteers will have the honour of representing the 70 nations that participated in these World Championships.
These Ski World Championships, carried out during the global Covid-19 pandemic, have highlighted the desire for an international re-launch of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the entire Dolomite area, demonstrating great love and passion for a territory that is unique in the world, with a lasting legacy that will benefit the entire community.
“For Cortina 2021 the moment has come to say goodbye, with a sober and elegant ceremony. We have been able to give the world some great sports moments, while highlighting the values of sport, respect, and fair play, confident of a new start that will reward merit without leaving anybody behind. This is the hope the Queen of the Dolomites wants to leave for Italy and the world» says Valerio Giacobbi, CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021. (ends)