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Sochi eyes Olympic legacy with World Figure Skating bid

Sochi has submitted a bid to host the International Skating Union’s (ISU) 2017 World Figure Skating Championships as the Russian city looks to build a tangible legacy from its staging of this year’s winter Olympic Games.

If successful, Sochi will hold the event at the 12,000-seat Iceberg Skating Palace in its Olympic Park.

Russian Figure Skating Federation president Alexander Gorshkov told the R-Sport news agency: “We've submitted a bid to the International Skating Union that we want to receive the 2017 World Championships in Sochi. Everything was in accordance with the procedure, now we await the response from the ISU.”

This year’s World Figure Skating Championships took place a month after the Sochi Games in Saitama, Japan, with Shanghai and Boston slated as the destinations for 2015 and 2016.

Russia last staged the event as an emergency measure in 2011 when the devastation wrought by an earthquake and tsunami forced it to be moved from Nagano, Japan to Moscow.