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Which is correct:

1) Your debut in the World Junior Figure Skating Championship.

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2) Your debut at the World Junior Figure Skating Championship.

Thanks for your help!

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'Debut' as either noun or verb could happily take many prepositions, including both 'in' and 'at'. Which depends on context.

For a skater, either would work equally well.

For someone not competing, perhaps the host or master of ceremonies, interval entertainers, stewards or doormen 'in' would imply too close a relationship so 'at' would be much more appropriate.

A big cruise ship as venue for the championships would open up the possibility of 'aboard' or 'on' or many another.

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  • Ah… but today it seems more obvious a "debut" is generally "at" a place, as Thisthat Opera House or "in" a medium, as opera or (slightly, perhaps, but still) stretching the point. To me, the example seems unfortunate: the venue fits a place and skating a medium; championships, neither. Call me archaic; I think “debut” with “championships” stretches the meaning too far… as when a local newspaper calls a big celebrity’s appearance at a local venue some kind of “debut.” If you must use “debut” please don’t worry about “at” or “in”. Mar 31, 2018 at 18:03

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