[Videos] WGC 2012 Prize-Giving and Closing Ceremonies

The 32nd World Gliding Championship has come and gone. For thirteen days, the best soaring pilots in the world enjoyed all-out racing in the unique and fabulous soaring conditions of West Texas. Uvalde offered up its best weather to the best pilots, but on Sunday, August 19th, the sky just couldn’t hold back anymore, and the rains finally came. It was a soft and misty rain from a gray and overcast sky, but the spirits of the pilots, crews, friends, families, and volunteers were undiminished. There was excitement and anticipation in the air as the teams from every participating nation were celebrated and the top pilots were recognized, and as one of the most successful World Gliding Championships in modern history drew to a close.

The Soaring Café staff hope these videos will bring pleasant memories back to life for those of you who were there. We also hope they allow all of you who followed the contest from afar to participate vicariously in the celebratory mood of the closing ceremonies.

Final Results

Open Class - Overall
1st : Laurent Aboulin	FRA
2nd : Michael Sommer	GER
3rd : Oscar Goudriaan	RSA

15M Class - Overall
1st: Sebastian Kawa	POL
2nd: Matthias Sturm	GER
3rd: Radek Krejcirik	CZE

18M Class - Overall
1st: Zbigniew Nieradka	POL
2nd: Lukasz Wojcik	POL
3rd: Mike Young		GBR

The full results can be found at www.soaringspot.com .

Gathering of Pilots, Crews, and Friends

 

Presentation of National Teams

 

Prize-Giving

 

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