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Figure Skating Stars Past & Present Headline Exhibition Gala at 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON (February 21, 2024) – Multi-generational figure skating talent is set to perform at the Exhibition Gala taking place on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the Bell Centre in Montreal as the curtain closes on the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships which run from March 18-24. 

A fan-favourite event, the Exhibition Gala features all medallists from the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance events thinking outside of the box to showcase the beauty, athleticism, and showmanship of figure skating to their fans. 

The event will also showcase several of Canada’s top skaters from the past, including the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history, and one of the Event Ambassadors for the World Championships – Patrick Chan, who has a record 10 Canadian national titles, three World Championship titles, and three Olympic medals to his name. Chan will be joined by Elvis Stojko, also a three-time World Champion, as well as a seven-time Canadian national champion, and two-time Olympic medallist, and recently retired two-time Olympian Keegan Messing who captured his second Canadian national championship in 2023. 

Adding a unique flair to the event, the reigning World Champions in synchronized skating, Les Suprêmes from Saint-Léonard, Que., will showcase their mesmerizing discipline, seamlessly coordinating 16 skaters to move as one cohesive unit at remarkable speeds, executing intricate elements and footwork. Joining this incredible line-up is viral social media sensation, and Guinness World Record Holder Elladj Baldé who will wow the crowd with his stunning freestyle skating that has garnered him more than 1.5 million followers on TikTok. 

The Exhibition Gala will also include entertaining performances by members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Cirque Éloize. 

Mark your calendars for this extraordinary event, commencing at 2 pm ET. Tickets are still available via ticketmaster.ca.  

Fifteen Canadian Athletes to Compete on Home Soil at the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON (February 14, 2024) – There is nothing quite like competing in front of a home crowd, and with the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships being hosted at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., from March 18-24, Skate Canada is delighted to name the athletes that will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique milestone next month. 

Canadian athletes will be the ones to beat in both the pair and ice dance competitions as 2024 ISU Four Continents Champions Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps in pairs, and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier in ice dance, headline Team Canada. 

Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps have been enjoying a fantastic season, racking up wins at the Autumn Classic International, Skate Canada International, the Cup of China, the Canadian National Skating Championships, and the Four Continents Championships. Based in Montreal, the pair specifically chose music composed by a Quebec artist for their short program. 

“When Maxime and I were brainstorming ideas for our short program, we knew we had to pay tribute to Maxime’s home and my adopted home of five years,” said Stellato-Dudek about their song choice of “Oxygène” from Cirque du Soleil. “We hope to thrill the audience and do Montreal proud.”  

Deschamps added: “Being able to compete in front of my family and friends will be incredible. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity in my career.” 

Also competing in the pair competition will be Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud who finished second at the 2024 Canadian National Skating Championships and have stood on the podium at Skate America (silver), and the Grand Prix de France (gold) in their first Grand Prix season together. They will be joined by Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier who took bronze at nationals and have top-8 finishes at the Four Continents Championships, NHK Trophy, and Skate Canada International to their credit this season. 

Gilles and Poirier will be among the top contenders in ice dance after claiming bronze at the event last year. The duo enters the competition as Champions at the Four Continents Championships, Cup of China, Skate Canada International, and Canadian National Skating Championships. They will have strong competition from teammates and Montreal natives Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen who recently captured silver at the 2024 Four Continents Championships, and who have podium finishes at the Grand Prix Espoo (silver) and Grand Prix de France (silver) this season. Rounding out Canada’s ice dance contingent are Quebec athletes Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha who won silver medals at both the Cup of China and Skate America this season. 

“Paul and I are so excited to be heading to Montreal for the World Championships,” said Gilles. “We had our first World Championships together as a team in London (Ontario), so we know the feeling of skating on home ice. What I remember most is having all our friends and family, and fans cheering for us, and it gave me goose bumps. If this Worlds can be anything like our first one in London, it’s going to be a success.” 

In the men’s competition, newly crowned Canadian champion Wesley Chiu will make his senior World Championships debut and will be joined by 2022 Olympian Roman Sadovsky. Both athletes finished in the top-10 at the recent Four Continents Championships and will be looking to gain valuable experience in front of the Canadian crowd. 

2022 Olympian Madeline Schizas will be Canada’s sole competitor in the women’s field and has had a strong season with a fourth-place finish at Skate Canada International and sixth at the ISU Four Continents Championships. She will be looking to use her years of experience at the international level to challenge the top women skaters in the world. 

The 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will showcase the 200 best figure skaters from 50 countries in four disciplines: men, women, pair, and ice dance. Canada has previously hosted the World Championships 11 times, with Montreal having hosted twice – the last time in 1932.  

TEAM CANADA 

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location  

Pair
Kelly Ann Laurin | 18 | St-Jérôme, Que. & Loucas Éthier | 23 | Deux-Montagnes, Que. | Stéphanie Valois | Rosemère, Que.  
Lia Pereira | 19 | Milton, Ont. & Trennt Michaud | 27 | Trenton, Ont. | Alison Purkiss & Nancy Lemaire | Milton, Ont.  
Deanna Stellato-Dudek | 40 | Chicago, USA & Maxime Deschamps | 32 | Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. | Josée Picard | Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.   

Ice Dance
Laurence Fournier Beaudry | 31 | Montreal, Que. & Nikolaj Soerensen | 34 | Montreal, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon | Montreal, Que.    
Piper Gilles | 32 | Toronto, Ont. & Paul Poirier | 32 | Unionville, Ont. | Carol Lane & Juris Razgulajevs | Scarborough, Ont.
Marjorie Lajoie | 23 | Boucherville, Que. & Zachary Lagha | 24 | Saint-Hubert, Que. | Romain Haguenauer | Montreal, Que. 

Men
Wesley Chiu | 18 | Vancouver, B.C. | Keegan Murphy & Eileen Murphy | Richmond, B.C.
Roman Sadovsky | 24 | Vaughan, Ont. | Tracey Wainman & Grzegorz Filipowski | Richmond Hill, Ont. 

Women
Madeline Schizas | 21 | Oakville, Ont. | Nancy Lemaire & Derek Schmidt | Milton, Ont. 

Tickets for the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships are still available and can be purchased here. Day tickets start at $78.25 CAD and include that day’s competition, and early practice at the Bell Centre (excluding the Exhibition Gala practice). 

For more information about the event, please click here. 

ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 Day Tickets Available Shortly

OTTAWA, ON (August 17, 2023) – Day tickets for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 will be available for pre-sale starting on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 10:00 AM (ET), and on sale to the public on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at 10:00 AM (ET). The championships will take place from March 18-24, 2024, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. 

Fans will have the opportunity to watch the world’s best figure skaters compete to become the next world champions and experience all that the city of Montreal has to offer. 

Day tickets will be priced starting at $78.25 CAD and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.ca. Each day ticket includes access to the daily competition and early practice at the Bell Centre (excluding the Exhibition Gala practice). 

Monday, March 18, 2024 – Official Practice
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 – Official Practice
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 – Pair Short Program, Opening Ceremony, Women’s Short Program
Thursday, March 21, 2024 – Men’s Short Program, Pair Free Program
Friday, March 22, 2024 – Ice Dance Rhythm Dance, Women’s Free Program
Saturday, March 23, 2024 – Ice Dance Free Dance, Men’s Free Program
Sunday, March 24, 2024 – Exhibition Gala   

About the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships® is an annual event that moves around the globe, attracting more than 300 million television viewers worldwide and showcasing the 200 best athletes from 50 countries in four disciplines: men, women, pair, and ice dance. An event of this magnitude could not take place without the support of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, and Montreal Tourism. 

For more information, visit montreal2024.com 

Legendary Figure Skaters Joannie Rochette and Patrick Chan Named Event Ambassadors For the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

MONTREAL, QC (May 25, 2023) – The road to the top is never easy. It takes time, dedication, grit and a lot of hard work. To win a medal on the world stage is one of the peak accomplishments in any athlete’s career, but to become a legend is a category onto itself. As figure skating fans descend on Montreal, Quebec next March for the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships ®, they will be welcomed by two of Canada’s finest: Olympians Joannie Rochette and Patrick Chan. The event is scheduled to take place at the Centre Bell from March 18-24, 2024. 

Rochette is best known for her heart wrenching battle to bronze at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where she decided to compete mere days after the passing of her mother. Rochette was also crowned national champion six times and competed at seven world championships, winning a silver medal in 2009. The l’Île-Dupas native also won three ISU Four Continent medals and 10 medals on the ISU Grand Prix circuit.  

Chan is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history, holding 10 national titles, three Olympic medals and three world titles. Between them they share 16 national titles and have served as idols and role models to young Canadian figure skaters from coast to coast to coast.  

“I am thrilled to see the championships returning to Montréal following the cancellation in 2020. It is exciting to be able to finally step fully into my role as event ambassador and welcome the world to Montreal,” shared Rochette. “Montrealers are known to be welcoming and open to the world and I am honoured to represent Skate Canada and all the athletes participating at this incredible event.”  

In their role, Rochette and Chan will interact and engage with fans, conduct interviews with the media and be available for speaking engagements. The event ambassadors help share the athlete experience with media and fans so that the competing athletes can focus on the task at hand. 

When reflecting on his own experience, Chan shared how competing on his home soil served as a difference maker that catapulted him to the top of the podium.  

“One of my fondest memories in figure skating was when I competed at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario. Having the support of a home crowd energized me to be the best I could be and ultimately achieve a gold medal.” 

This will be the first time the championships have been hosted in Montreal since 1932. They were previously scheduled in 2020, which would have been their first return since, but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“We are honoured to have Patrick and Joannie return as our event ambassadors. Skate Canada is thrilled to finally be able to implement our plans and bring the world championships to Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, Skate Canada’s Chief Executive Officer. “Over their careers, Joannie and Patrick have both taken part and won medals at every major skating event and know first-hand the pressures of competition and we know they will help make an unforgettable event for all participants.” 

All-event tickets for the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships® will be on sale in mid-June.
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ABOUT THE ISU WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships® is an annual event that moves around the globe, showcasing the 200 best athletes from 50 countries across four disciplines: men, women, pair and ice dance. An event of this magnitude could not take place without the contribution of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal and Tourism Montreal. 

Skate Canada awarded the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 in Montréal

OTTAWA, ON: The International Skating Union (ISU) has provisionally awarded the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 to Skate Canada, who will host the event in Montréal, Quebec. This premier sporting event will be held at the Centre Bell from March 18-24, 2024.

Montréal was slated to host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020, but the event was cancelled just prior to the start of the Championships due to the pandemic.

“Just over a year ago, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020 in Montréal were cancelled due to the pandemic just prior to the start of this world-class event, and now Skate Canada is thrilled to announce that we will be able to rewrite that history in 2024,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “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 the fantastic Canadian city of Montréal. We hope to inspire not only Canadians but people around the world to embrace the joy of skating.”

“After recently being named President of Skate Canada, I am thrilled that we will welcome the world to Montréal for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024,” said Skate Canada President Karen Butcher. “This is an exciting time for all of us at Skate Canada, and we feel we have a little unfinished business to take care of at Centre Bell. We look forward to the opportunity to host this prestigious event.”

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships® is an annual event that moves around the globe, attracting more than 300 million television viewers worldwide and showcasing more than 200 world-class athletes from 50 countries in four disciplines: men, women, pair and ice dance.

“Montréal, a city with ice sports in its very DNA, is thrilled to be hosting the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal. “This much anticipated major event had been awaited since 2020, so its comeback into the city’s 2024 programming is wonderful news. The championship will greatly contribute to the visibility of our city, while bringing significant economic benefits as part of our economic recovery plan. The participation of numerous international athletes will provide an invaluable showcase for the metropolis, and while stars will shine on the ice, so too will the eyes of the multitude of figure skating fans who will watch them perform.”

Skate Canada has a long and proud history of hosting ISU events, having previously held the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 10 times. In addition, each year Canada hosts Skate Canada International, one of the stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

“Tourism Montréal is excited and proud to be a Skate Canada partner and looks forward to hosting the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 in Montréal,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of  Tourism Montréal. “After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic, having the chance to welcome back this world-class event is testimony to the tradition of excellence in Montréal, Canada’s top sports city, and is sure to make our beautiful city shine as a top destination in North America. We can’t wait to welcome the figure skating community to a secure, friendly and exciting environment.”

The 2024 world championships will mark Canada’s 11th time hosting, and the second time for Montréal. The city also hosted the 1932 edition of the Championships, the first time the event was held in Canada. In 2020, the event was scheduled to take place in Montréal, Quebec, but was cancelled due to the global health crisis. Canada last hosted the event in London, Ontario, in 2013.

“We are very happy with this news, which will spotlight Montréal and the Centre Bell at an International level, by welcoming world excellence in figure skating,” said France Margaret Bélanger, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Groupe CH. “Our teams are very proud to present this prestigious event and, true to their habits, they will do their utmost to make the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2024 unique and memorable.”

Previous Canadian host cities:
● 1932 Montreal ● 1960 Vancouver ● 1972 Calgary ● 1978 Ottawa ● 1984 Ottawa
● 1990 Halifax ● 1996 Edmonton ● 2001 Vancouver ● 2006 Calgary ● 2013 London
● 2020 Montreal (cancelled)

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