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Detroit named host for 2019 U.S. Championships

Michigan's largest city set to hold popular event for first time since 1994
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Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, will serve as the main venue for the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. -Getty Images

U.S. Figure Skating announced Thursday that Detroit, Michigan, will serve as host city for the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be held Jan. 19-27, 2019.

All junior free skate, free dance and championship-level events will be held at the newly opened Little Caesars Arena, while the junior short programs and short dances, as well as novice, intermediate and juvenile events, will take place at the Detroit Skating Club.

"U.S. Figure Skating is excited for the return of the U.S. Championships to Detroit for the first time since 1994," U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said. "Detroit and all of Michigan is a skating hotbed that is home to many of our top athletes, both past and present. Detroit, highlighted by the newly opened Little Caesars Arena and downtown redevelopment, will be a great host to our athletes, coaches, officials and fans from around the country. It will be a wonderful event in one of the great, new venues in our country."

U.S. champions will be crowned in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. The event also serves as the final qualifying competition for entry onto the U.S. World Figure Skating team each year and the U.S. Olympic team every four years.

Held since 1914, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton. The city of Detroit last hosted the U.S. championships in 1994 at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit has also been the site of Skate America four times, most recently in 2013.