The International Skating Union (ISU) has selected the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the location for the inaugural Four Continents Speed Skating Championships, Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2020. Top speed skaters from North America, South America, Asia, and Oceania will compete in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m (ladies) and 5000m (men), plus the Mass Start, Team Pursuit and Team Sprint.
"We are thrilled to have the city of Milwaukee and the Pettit National Ice Center host the very first Four Continents Speed Skating Championships” said Ted Morris, US Speedskating Executive Director. “Wisconsin has a powerful speed skating legacy that includes 34 Olympic medals won by athletes born and raised in Wisconsin. Every U.S. Olympic Team over the past 40 years has athletes that called Milwaukee home.”
The Pettit National Ice Center has been a proud Official U.S. Olympic Training Site for speed skating in the country since it opened in 1992. The venue was the site of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Speedskating Trials, and several world cup qualifying events. The center is also a significant community asset, hosting more than 425,000 visitors annually for ice skating, figure skating, hockey, and other sport activities.
“The Pettit Center is honored and delighted at the opportunity to bring a high profile international speedskating championship to Milwaukee for the first time since 2005,” said Randy Dean, Pettit National Ice Center Executive Director. “This builds on the success and community support that we were pleased to earn when hosting the US Olympic Team Trials – Long Track in January 2018. This will have a different flavor as we cheer our top skaters racing against top international competition.”
The allocation will be made official following the ISU Council meeting in June 2019.