Chilean Skier Noelle Barahona staying for Closing Ceremony
Chilean Skier Noelle Barahona will be staying for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony after learning her family is safe from the damage sustained in Chile when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Saturday morning. The nation's two other athletes, Maui Gayme and Jorge Mandru will not participate in the Closing Ceremony and have already left Canada.
Noelle Barahona of Santiago had planned to return home Saturday but could not get a flight. Her team says she will remain in the athletes' village instead.
Barahona, who is from Santiago, competed in five Alpine events, her best finish was 28th in the super-combined.
Chile brought three Alpine skiers to the Games. Maui Gayme had already left the Olympics for France, and Jorge Mandru was visiting Seattle.
The delegation still in Vancouver included a team spokesman, a coach and physical therapist. They also planned to be part of Sunday's ceremony. All say their families and friends are safe.
"As of now, all the members of the team have heard from their families and their friends," spokesman Luis Alberto Santa Cruz said. "They are well in Chile, that is the information we have so far.
"Of course there is all the shock of the earthquake, and there is sadness because of the people who died."
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony will be held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, today.
The ceremony will be held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which seats 55,000 people. The 2010 Olympic Opening and closing ceremonies are the first in Olympic history to be held indoors. The choreographer for the closing ceremonies is Jean Grand-Maitre, who is the artistic director of the Alberta Ballet.
As with the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony will be broadcast live, as well as on their official Olympic website, NBCOlympics.com. Canadian viewers can watch the ceremony live on CTV, or CTVOlympics.ca.
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