According to the Canadian Press on Wednesday, Calgary, Alberta, Canada will host the 2024 World Single Distance Long Track Speed Skating Championships from February 15-18, 2024. This will be the third time that the World Single Distance Long Track Speed Skating Championships have been held in Canada as Calgary was the host in 1998, and Richmond, British Columbia, was the host in 2009.
Calgary is one of three Canadian cities that is scheduled to host a world championship in 2024. The others are Montreal, Quebec, which is scheduled to host the World Figure Skating Championships, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, which is scheduled to host the 2024 Women’s World Curling Championship. Meanwhile, the Alberta hamlet of Lac La Biche, is scheduled to host the 2024 World Archery Field Championships.
At the 2023 World Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Canada came away with five medals in events that have Olympic status. Canadian Olympic gold medalists Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, Ontario, and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec won the gold medal in the women’s team pursuit after the Netherlands were disqualified due to the fact Joy Beune’s ankle was exposed. Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais won the gold medal in the women’s team pursuit at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.