Figure skating at its best
March 22–28 2021

Health and safety is our top priority

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm are just five weeks away. An unforgettable week during which the world’s top figure skaters will compete for a raft of Championship titles. The health and safety of skaters and their teams are our absolute top priority. The entire Championships will be held in a so-called “bubble” where everyone will be tested and quarantined in the Globe arena and its on-site hotel.

“We’re thrilled that Sweden is the World Figure Skating Championships host nation for the tenth time. It’s sad that the Championships will be held behind closed doors, of course; but there’ll be so many people joining the party from home – around 300 million people, in fact. About the same as the entire population of the USA! Together, we’ll experience the drama and feel all the emotion of the Championships. No pandemic can take that away from us,” says Ulrika Molin, President Organizing Committee of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021.

The bubble concept means that all skaters and their team members are tested before they travel to Sweden and again on arrival. At that point, they enter a “bubble” which means that competitors and their team do not meet anyone outside the bubble during and after the Championships. Competitors and teams are quarantined at the hotel adjacent to the Ericsson Globe Arena. This means that they have no contact with journalists or anyone else outside the bubble.

The entire Championships are being held in close co-ordination with the Swedish authorities. Arranging sporting events in bubbles has become a proven concept during the pandemic. We have become accustomed to watching sports in this way. It is important for skaters to compete and for us to watch and enjoy figure skating.

The Championships will be broadcast on TV and partially on the Skating ISU YouTube Channel. In the run-up to the Championships, we will publish details of which channels will be broadcasting the Championships in respective countries.

A limited number of selected journalists will be offered the opportunity to cover the Championships from the venue, but outside the bubble. Other media will be able to follow and cover the Championships digitally.