World Cup in Figure skating 2021 to Stockholm and Sweden

By on June 20, 2018

The ISU Council (International Skating Union) has decided that the Swedish Figure Skating Association will host the World Cup in Stockholm in 2021. The event will take place on Ericsson Globe 22-28 March 2021.

– The opportunity to arrange three international championships in figure skating with Stockholm as a host city and just a few years between, strengthens us, says Katarina Henriksson, chairman of the Swedish Figure Skating Association.

When Stockholm got the EM 2015, no major international figure skating championship had been held in the city since 1947. The event became an audience success and despite the low awareness of figure skating as a live sport, the arena, Ericsson Globe, was packed. Sweden ended up in a fourth and fifth place through the sisters Helgesson. In April this year, the World Championships were organized in Figure Skating Team Sports, Synchronized Figure Skating in Ericsson Globe and Sweden took silver medal. Now the preparations for a World Cup are starting in single, pair and ice dance 2021.

– Major international championships at home will be a driving force for many, already in young years. It gives motivation to continue fighting to achieve their dreams, every day, continues Katarina.

The figure skating currently has close to 30,000 members and grows most in Sweden next to gymnastics according to a new measurement from the Riksidrottsförbundet. Championship brings with it both an increased interest and growth in sport. It also opens up new opportunities to work with and influence the development locally in a city that today has many talented juniors heading for the world elite.

– The conditions for the country are different, for example, when it comes to ice time possibilities for training and organizing for competition. To lodge the influx of active requires both inspiration, international competitions at home and sporting successes, such as infrastructure and good leadership. The cities have and have had a huge challenge with ice halls and times, with three championships in a row in Stockholm, Stockholm has come to know the needs of the sport and together a dialogue for better conditions for training and competition in figure skating, also in the long term. These are some of the important long-term effects of championships, says Katarina.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm