Figure skating lesson learned

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:38 PM ET

The world figure skating championships were hardly an unqualified success in Calgary.

But Skate Canada organizers will take the lessons learned for next time, said acting CEO William Thompson.

"This whole experience has been a learning process," Thompson said yesterday, following the final competitive event at the Saddledome.

Local marketing was the chief area of concern, he said, noting the event could have had a higher profile in the city.

But Skate Canada is still pleased with the overall attendance of 94,234, which is expected to rise by about 10,000 after today.

The world championships hosted in Canada have sold out in the past, including 2001 in Vancouver, 1996 in Edmonton and 1990 in Halifax.

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