The best figure skaters in Canada are coming to Vancouver next year, as UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre has been announced as the host venue for the 2021 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
The week-long event, taking place January 11-17, 2021, will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pairs, and ice dance disciplines, across three levels (senior, junior, and novice).
“We are pleased to be heading back to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, in the beautiful city of Vancouver,” said Skate Canada CEO Debra Armstrong in a media release. “Each year at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships we showcase the nation’s top figure skaters and are excited to work with our partners in Vancouver to host an outstanding event.”
This will be Vancouver’s seventh time hosting the event, and the first since 2018.
“Over 40,000 spectators experienced the 2018 championships in Vancouver, and we are pleased to be working with Skate Canada to showcase our world-renowned destination again in 2021,” said Michelle Collens of Sport Hosting Vancouver. “Over the next 12 months, we look forward to working with our partners, Skate Canada and UBC, to build off our previous success, and ensure Vancouver is ready to shine next January.”
The 2018 event was a star-studded event, with the likes of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (ice dance), Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (pairs), Patrick Chan (men), and Gabrielle Daleman (women) capturing gold medals. Those skaters, along with Kaetlyn Osmond, won gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics one month later in the team event.
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