Montreal to host World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in March 2018

Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal will play host once again to the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships on March 16-18, 2018, the International Skating Union (ISU) announced today.

The event will be held a few weeks following the speed skating competitions at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Montreal last hosted the World Short Track Championships in 2014, also a few weeks following the Olympic Games, which were held that year in Sochi. That event was a success, as more than 12,700 spectators attended the three-day competition, including many students, who were part of a program involving 40 schools.

Overall, 130 skaters took part in the competition, including all the individual Olympic medalists from the Sochi Games except one, such as local crowd favourites Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer, Marianne St-Gelais and Valérie Maltais, as well as Victor An from Russia, current World Champion Sjinkie Knegt from the Netherlands, Wu Dajing, Zhou Yang and Fan Fexin from China, Arianna Fontana from Italy, and Seung-Hi Park and Suk Hee Shim from South Korea.

“Speed Skating Canada is very proud to be able to host once again a competition of this quality and magnitude, a few weeks following the 2018 Olympic Games, at a time where interest in the sport will be at its highest,” said Speed Skating Canada’s President, Jim Allison. “I would like to congratulate our partner, the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, for their interest and deligence in securing this competition. The presentation of an event like this could not be possible without their support and dedication. The entire speed skating community in Canada and in Quebec will benefit from this event.”

"This is a great news for speed skating in Quebec", said the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec's managing director, Robert Dubreuil. "Following the events in 1987, 2002 and 2014, it will be the fourth ISU Shor Track Speed Skating World Championship to be held at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. With the power of the partnerships and of the great level of support from the Canadian and Quebec governments, the City of Montreal, Speed Skating Canada and the private sector, we will definitely see new great moments for our sport."

Montreal will also welcome the best short track speed skaters next season as the first World Cup weekend of the 2015-2016 season will be held at Maurice Richard Arena, October 30-November 1. The athletes will then travel to Toronto, November 6-8, for the second stop of the season, the first time the Ontario capital has hosted an international speed skating competition. Following this Calgary’s Olympic Oval will host the first long track World Cup competition of the season, November 13-15.

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website at: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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