Closing ceremony

Sierra Nevada,


Sierra Nevada 2017 closes flawless World Championships

FIS highlights the “pride and honour” of SN2017 in a closing ceremony to pay tribute to the backroom of the Championships, hundreds of people who have made possible 13 epic days of competition

  • An exhibition of the ASPA helicopters patrol gives a grand finale to the closing ceremony of the Championships. 

Sierra Nevada closed today at 3.00 pm the 2017 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships, in a ceremony designed to pay tribute to the hundreds of people who made this event flawless and epic, an “organizational success”, where athletes from 50 different countries from the five continents have shined.

The closing ceremony started with Suly, the mascot of the Championships, which descended to the ceremony’s place accompanied by a group of children and 50 volunteers holding the flags of all the participant countries and followed by the Telemark team “Rikitaum”, that beard the FIS flag.

When the bearer arrived, he gave the flag to May Peus, president of the RFEDI, and after this, the formal speeches started. Mª José López, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee, took the floor and highlighted the role of the athletes from the 50 national federations who represented their countries. She declared, “thank you very much for your participation and congratulations to the winners and to the skiing and snowboarding sport.”

Thereafter, the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Andalusia, Francisco Javier Fernández remarked, “Sierra Nevada has the honour to add another great success to its long sporting career with the closing ceremony of these championships, in which I would like to emphasize my gratitude to the Training & Indoctrination Command of the Spanish Army, volunteers, media, sponsors, and specially, the workers of Cetursa Sierra Nevada.”

Finally, Eduardo Roldán, FIS Council Member, pointed out, “the emotion, pride, honour and epic are feelings that overwhelm us, and which summarize the success that has made athletes from 50 different countries of the five continents shine in the organizational excellence of this ski and snowboard resort of Sierra Nevada, that along with the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation has developed an impeccable organization.”

The closing ceremony continued with the FIS and Spanish flags lowering. May Peus entered the scene carrying the FIS flag and, behind him, an unfurled big FIS flag entered carried by members of Sierra Nevada 2017 Organizing Committee. Peus handed the FIS flag over to Mª José López, who in turn, delivered it to Eduardo Roldán. The FIS Council Member handed it over to Park City (USA) representative, where the 2019 edition of the World Championships will be held.

Finally, Eduardo Roldán declared the World Championships closed. From the March 7th-19th, the Andalusian ski resort has hosted this event, which has been an sports and organizational success. These Championships have brought to light the quality of Sierra Nevada's infrastructures and courses. 

An exhibition of the ASPA patrol gives a grand finale to the closing ceremony of the Championships.