Opening Ceremony for the 2013 Luge World Championships set for January 30 in Village Square

January 22, 2013: Whistler, BC – Whistler residents and visitors are invited to help kick off the 2013 FIL (International Luge Federation) Luge World Championships with competing athletes at the Opening Ceremony Celebration scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in Village Square.

The Parade of Athletes starts in Whistler Olympic Plaza at 6:45 p.m. and makes its way to Village Square for the Opening Ceremony Celebration that begins at 7 p.m. From there, festivities will include local singer Rachel Thom singing the Canadian national anthem and a blessing from the Squamish First Nations Eagle Song Dancers. Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden will also welcome international and Canadian athletes with opening remarks.

Wear your best red and white attire and cheer on the Canadian team as they prepare to go head-to-head against the world’s best luge athletes in the highly anticipated competition. More than 150 athletes from 23 countries will be participating in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and team relay races on February 1 and 2 at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

The Opening Ceremony wraps up with a free concert by The Boom Booms, an exciting, energetic, indie band from Vancouver known for their mash-ups of pop, hip hop, reggae, soul and funk. With a reputation for energetic performances and incredible stage presence, The Boom Booms have built a loyal fan base that stretches across generations. The Boom Boom’s made a strong impression when they played at Whistler Olympic Plaza this summer as part of the Whistler Presents: Concert Series, and their return to Whistler is expected to be another crowd-pleaser.

Residents and visitors can also volunteer in various positions at the FIL World Championships. For details on how to get involved, click here.

Tickets for the weekend events are just $10 with children 6 and under free. For the race schedule and ticket sales, visit whistler.com.

The Opening Ceremony event is part of the Festival, Events and Animations program, and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). The FIL World Championships are produced by FIL and the Canadian Luge Association and hosted by the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Background on RMOW Festivals Events & Animation:

The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Resort Experience department plays a key role in producing and promoting spectator and participatory events, cultural programming and festivals, through the Festivals, Events & Animation (FEA) program.  The RMOW launched the FEA program in the summer of 2011 to coincide with the opening of Whistler Olympic Plaza.  The program and venue provided the platform for animation to set Whistler apart and build on the momentum of the Games and other successful value-added Whistler festivals and events.  The “Whistler Presents” FEA program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), with the goal of attracting visitors to Whistler, while working in partnership with Tourism Whistler to promote the programming and associated accommodation packages through various media and communication channels.