Ottawa, Ont.: Skate Canada announced today that Ottawa, Ontario, will host the 2020 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at The Arena at TD Place from October 30 to November 1, 2020.
“We are excited to be heading back to TD Place for Skate Canada International 2020,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Skate Canada International will welcome some of the best skaters from around the world and we look forward to working with our hosts, the city of Ottawa and TD Place, to create an unforgettable event.”
“Ottawa Tourism is proud to welcome Skate Canada International back to the nation’s capital,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We are happy to show off the world-class facilities at TD Place, where this prestigious event will take place, and are delighted to work with Skate Canada to bring yet another high-profile sporting event to Ottawa. We look forward to receiving international athletes and visitors to the city who in turn eat, sleep, and explore Ottawa, discovering the beauty and vibrancy of the city for themselves.”
The inaugural Skate Canada International was first held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Ottawa will host the 47th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their fifth time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 1976, 1981, 1993 and 2008.
Ottawa has a long legacy of hosting elite figure skating events. In 1914 the city held the very first national championships and has since gone on to host that event 15 times (1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2014 and 2017). In addition, they have hosted the ISU World Figure Skating Championships twice in 1978 and 1984.”It’s a great honour to have been selected to host Skate Canada International at TD Place,” said Mark Goudie, President and CEO of OSEG, the company that manages the centrally located arena and its surrounding Lansdowne urban lifestyle district. “I think the skating teams and spectators will appreciate the fact that we have restaurants and shops and recreational space right here at Lansdowne, so it’s easy to stay the day and see all of these top skaters in action.”
Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figuring Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).
Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.