By Duncan Mackay

Evan Lysacek Los Angeles World Championships 2009June 10 - Boston has been chosen to host the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships, it was announced today.

It will be the first time that the Championships have been held in the United States since 2009, when they took place in Los Angeles and America's Evan Lysacek (pictured) won the men's singles title with South Korea's Kim Yu-Na the women's.

Both went on a year later to claim Olympic gold medals at Vancouver 2010.

The event, which was awarded by the International Skating Union (ISU), will be held at the TD Garden, which is better known as the Boston Garden, and is the home arena for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

"We are thrilled to welcome the best figure skaters in the world back to the United States," US Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said.

"We have a great tradition of hosting high caliber international events.

"We are confident the city of Boston and The Skating Club of Boston will welcome our figure skating family with the same excitement they have afforded to other domestic and international events in recent years."

It will be the 13th time that America has held the event since New York City staged them in 1930, the first time they were staged in the country and the legendary Norwegian, Sonja Henie, won the women's title.

TD GardenTD Garden in Boston will host the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships

The event in Boston, which is expected to attract 160 skaters from 40 countries, is scheduled to take place between March 28 and April 3.

Boston most recently hosted the 2013 ISU World Synchronised Skating Championships in April.

Boston is due to host the US Championships next January, an event that will help mark the centenary of US Figure Skating and also act as the trials for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"The Skating Club of Boston is extremely pleased to have been chosen to work with US Figure Skating to host the 2016 World Championships," said Club President Joe Blount said.

"In its 100-year history, The Skating Club of Boston has never hosted the World Championships.

"This will be a thrilling opportunity for all of us to welcome the world to Boston.

"We promise a memorable event both on and off the ice."

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