Montreal chosen as host for 2020 figure skating world championships

Montreal has been selected to host the 2020 figure skating world championships. Skate Canada made the announcement on Thursday, saying the event will be held March 16-22, 2020, at the Bell Centre.

Skate Canada announces event to be held at Bell Centre

Canada's Gabrielle Daleman is seen above at the world figure skating championships in March where she won bronze. Skate Canada announced on Thursday that the event will be held in Montreal in 2020. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

Montreal has been selected to host the 2020 world figure skating championships.

Skate Canada made the announcement Thursday, saying the event will be held March 16-22, 2020, at the Bell Centre.

"Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world's best skaters to Montreal in 2020," Skate Canada's CEO Debra Armstrong said in a release. "Montreal is a fantastic Canadian city with all the elements required to execute an excellent event and we know athletes and fans alike will enjoy all aspects of the championships."

Canada has hosted the world championships, an annual event that showcases 200 skaters from 50 countries, 10 times, most recently in 2013 in London, Ont. Montreal has hosted the event once before, in 1932.

This year's world championships were in Helsinki, Finland, where Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance, and Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman captured silver and bronze in women's singles.

The Italian city of Milan will host after the 2018 Olympics, while Saitama, Japan, will host in 2019. 

Canada's other previous host cities were Vancouver (1960, 2001), Calgary (1972, 2006), Ottawa ('78, '96), Halifax ('90), and Edmonton ('96).

Canada also hosts the annual Skate Canada International, one of the stops on the ISU Grand Prix series.

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