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U.S. and Canada Celebrate Skating Centennial Anniversaries

It all began one hundred years ago when the US and Canada held their first official National Championships.

In 1907, the first North American association for skating was formed and called the International Skating Union of America. (ISU of A)  It included the Amateur Association of Canada, Western Skating Association of Canada, and the New England, Eastern and Western U.S. Associations. It was the governing body of speed and figure skating for North America.  In 1914, the association held the first national championships of the current International Style in New Haven, CT. They were called the International Championships of America and were open to American and Canadian figure skaters. The events were: men, ladies, pairs, and waltz.

Also in 1914, Canada established a separate Figure Skating Department of their Amateur Skating Association. The first members were Ottawa’s Minto Club and the Earl Grey Club of Montreal. That year, the first official annual Canadian Figure Skating Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario.

The men’s and pairs’ winners at both the 1914 nationals were Canadians. In New Haven, the ladies’ and waltz’ winners were Americans.  In Ottawa, the ladies’ winner was Canadian.

In January, 2014, the U.S. and Canada will celebrate 100 years of national championships.

  • U.S. National Championships will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the TD Garden in Boston, MA, January 5-12, 2014.
  • Canadian National Championships will be held at the Canadian Tire Centre, in Ottawa, ON, January 9-15, 2014.

Both venues will have displays highlighting their amazing figure skating history, including rare items at the Skate Canada House. The American tribute will be moved to the USFSA Museum in Colorado Springs after the event.

Downtown Ottawa’s Rink of Dreams will present “Canada Skates: 100 Years of Champions” choreographed by World Champion, Jeffrey Buttle. There will also be demonstrations by local club skaters, exhibitions, games, and appearances by some of Canada’s figure skating elite.

The U.S. Opening Ceremonies will salute the milestone with the 100years logo at center ice.  There will also be a reunion of U.S. Olympic champions during the Skating Spectacular Exhibition. An anniversary commemorative program will also be available.

At the conclusion of the competition, the U.S. and Canada will name their 2014 Sochi Olympic Teams.


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