BOSTON - Five takeaways from a terrific 2016 World Figure Skating Championships that had something for everyone -- gold medalists from four different countries and medalists from seven different countries.
- Boston has become to figure skating what Eugene, Oregon, is to track and field: a U.S. mecca for a sport that lately has struggled to attract adherents elsewhere.
There were two sellouts (Saturday's pairs and ladies free skates), one near sellout and four crowds of 10,000 or more in the eight sessions at TD Garden, for which the arena capacity in a figure skating configuration was given as approximately 15,000. The smallest attendance was a more-than-respectable 8,425 for the short dance Wednesday.
The previous major figure skating event at TD Garden, the 2014 U.S. Championships, also were a rousing success. The ladies free skate at that event drew 13,980, the largest single-session crowd at the U.S. championships since the 18,035 in Los Angeles for the ladies free in 2002.