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Cold, hard facts and figures about the World Figure Skating Championships

The 2016 event come to Boston for the first time, taking over TD Garden March 28-April 3.

compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on Day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, .
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US ice dancing competitors Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

The 2016 International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships — the ISU Worlds — come to Boston for the first time, taking over TD Garden March 28-April 3.

> 90,000 — Expected attendance for the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships

> 38 — Countries represented

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> 173 — Number of competitors

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> $38 million to $41 million — Estimated economic impact of the event on Boston

> 799 — Number of ISU rules as of 2014

> 40 — Number of “sweepers” from the Skating Club of Boston who will pick up the flowers and stuffed animals spectators throw on the ice after performances

> 1908 — Year George H. Browne of the Cambridge Skating Club introduced the “international style” — predecessor of today’s figure skating — to the United States

12 — Number of Massachusetts-born medalists in the history of the Worlds (title years in bold text):

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> Maribel Vinson, Winchester: 1928, 1930

> Sherwin Badger, Boston: 1930, 1932

> Roger Turner, Milton: 1930, 1931

> Gretchen Merrill, Boston: 1947

> Tenley Albright, Newton: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956

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> Nancy Rouillard Ludington, Stoneham: 1959

> Ronald Ludington, Boston: 1959

> Caitlin “Kitty” Carruthers, Boston: 1982

> Peter Carruthers, Boston: 1982

> Todd Eldredge, Chatham: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001

> Nancy Kerrigan, Woburn: 1991, 1992

> Alex Shibutani, Boston: 2011

Sources: International Skating Union; Skating Club of Boston; Milton Historical Society; toddeldredge.net; Boston Globe; US Olympic Committee; US Figure Skating; Encyclopaedia Britannica; Encyclopedia.com; Historical Dictionary of Figure Skating (by James R. Hines); The Lewiston Daily Sun; New England Conservatory; Team USA; Washington Post; Biography.com; TD Garden