Montreal to host the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships

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Montreal has been named the host city of the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships according to Global News on Thursday. Montreal was to host the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships, but the event was cancelled because of coronavirus.

In addition to Montreal, Montpellier, France was named the host city of the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships, and Saitama, Japan was named the host city of the 2023 World Figure Skating Championships. The 2021 World Figure Skating Championships were in Stockholm, Sweden, and Canada came away with a bronze medal in ice dancing from Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario.

This will be the ninth time Canada will have hosted the World Figure Skating Championship. Calgary was named the host city in 1972 and 2006. Ottawa was the host city in 1978 and 1984. The other Canadian cities to host the World Figure Skating Championships were Halifax (1990), Edmonton (1996), Vancouver (2001), and London (2013).

There is no doubt that this is a bit of a transition time period for Canadian figure skating. Canada had a great team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and now many of the skaters are building towards the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina. It is unlikely that any other Canadian figure skaters besides Gilles and Poirier in ice dancing, will contend for an Olympic medal next year at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

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