Home Comfort at World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal
With a history of 108 years’ worth of events, I wondered about the effect that home ice advantage had on the gold medal outcomes. It turns out that 32 titles for resident athletes were handed out or roughly 30 per cent of the time. There is something to be said for competing at home.
Canada has hosted the world figure skating championships 10 times, the first time in Montreal in 1932. During four of those events, Canadian skaters brought home the gold.
The greatest number of home ice titles belong to the men with 16 gold medals including three out of 10 titles for Sweden’s Ulrich Salchow at championships in Stockholm. Canadians Kurt Browning and Patrick Chan rose to the top of their respective podiums during world championships in Halifax in 1990 and London, Ont., in 2013, respectively…