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Keegan Messing (born January 23, 1992) is a Canadian-American figure skater. Representing Canada, he competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and has appeared at the World Championships. He is also the 2018 Nebelhorn Trophy champion, and won a silver medal in the Grand Prix of Figure Skating at the 2018 Skate Canada International. At the domestic level, he is a two-time Canadian national medallist.

Keegan Messing
2018 Skate Canada - Keegan Messing - FS.jpg
Messing at the 2018 Skate Canada
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Former country(ies) representedUnited States
Born (1992-01-23) January 23, 1992 (age 27)
Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
ResidenceGirdwood, Alaska
CoachRalph Burghart
Former coachAnne Durham
ChoreographerLance Vipond
Former choreographerDouglas Webster, Rory Flack
Skating clubIce Palace FSC, Edmonton, Canada
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total267.61
2019 Four Continents Championships
Short program96.34
2019 Skate America
Free skate179.43
2019 Four Continents Championships

Previously, representing the United States, he was the two-time International Cup of Nice champion (2011, 2012) and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallist. He placed fourth at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Personal lifeEdit

Keegan Messing was born on January 23, 1992, in Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.[1][2] He has two brothers, Paxon and Tanner; Paxon was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 26, in 2019.[3][4] He holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.[5] His mother was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is a great-great-grandson of Manzo Nagano.[6][7] His father is a firefighter.[8]

In October of 2018, he became engaged to his girlfriend Lane Hodson.[9] Messing and Hodson married in the summer of 2019.[10]

CareerEdit

American years (1995-2014)Edit

 
Messing at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy

Messing started skating at age 3 after watching the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.[1] Naming Elvis Stojko as his biggest influence, Messing said: "Watching him skate made me want to skate". In addition to singles, Messing formerly competed in pair skating with Ellie Gottstein.[1]

Anne Durham coached Messing from 1995 to 1999.[4] He is now coached by Ralph Burghardt in Anchorage, Alaska.[11][12]

Messing won the junior silver medal at the 2009 U.S. Championships. The following season, he made his senior national debut, finishing ninth. He finished eighth at the 2011 U.S. Nationals.[13][14]

Messing won the 2011 Coupe de Nice after placing first in the short program and fourth in the free.[14] He then placed seventh at the 2012 U.S. Nationals, which would be his highest placement as an American senior. He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, and repeated as the victor at the 2012 Coupe de Nice.[15]

At the 2013 U.S. Nationals, Messing placed sixteenth, followed by a twelfth-place finish the following year.

Early Canadian seasons (2014-2017)Edit

In July 2014, Messing said that he would begin competing for Canada.[4] In the 2014–15 season, he won bronze at the Skate Canada Challenge and qualified for the 2015 Canadian Championships. He placed fifth at Nationals, representing a club in Sherwood Park, Alberta.[6]

In the 2015–16 season, Messing placed fifth at the 2015 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy and eleventh at the 2015 Skate Canada International, his senior Grand Prix debut. He went on to place sixth at the 2016 Canadian Championships.

The 2016–17 season saw Messing compete at two Challenger events, placing fourth at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International and winning a bronze medal at the 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. At the 2017 Canadian Championships, he again placed fifth.

2017–2018 season: Olympic and Worlds debutEdit

Messing began the Olympic season at the 2017 CS Autumn Classic International, where he won the bronze medal behind Javier Fernandez and Yuzuru Hanyu. Competing on the Grand Prix circuit, he placed eighth at the 2017 Skate Canada International and fifth at the 2017 NHK Trophy.

Competing at the 2018 Canadian Championships that would decide the nation's delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Messing placed third in both the short program and free skate, winning the silver medal behind Patrick Chan. Messing was named along with Chan to the Olympic team, as well as to the 2018 World Championships team alongside national bronze medallist Nam Nguyen. On qualifying for the Games, Messing said: "It would mean the last twenty-three years of training, the last twenty years with my coach and the amount of support I have from my hometown, from Canada, it would mean I did it for them and to myself. It would mean that I made something."[16]

Competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Messing finished twelfth overall.[17] At his World Championships debut, Messing placed sixth in the short program with a new personal best score, qualifying for the final flight of the free skate. Messing placed eleventh in the free skate following errors, for an eighth-place finish overall. Speaking afterward, Messing expressed dissatisfaction with the free skate, stating that "to go out there and miss a couple of elements I've been nailing all week is a little hurtful. Still I tried to keep my head up and give a good performance. I hope the crowd still loved it."[18]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Beginning the season at the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, Messing placed first in both segments to win the gold medal, his first international win while representing Canada.[19]

Competing on the Grand Prix, Messing placed first in the short program at the 2018 Skate Canada International, following mistakes by presumed frontrunner Shoma Uno. He then placed second in the free skate, behind Uno, to win the silver medal overall, his first Grand Prix medal.[20] At the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, he placed fifth, having placed seventh in the short program and sixth in the free program.[21] He was initially named as the first alternate to the Grand Prix Final, and was subsequently called up following the withdrawal of Yuzuru Hanyu due to injury.[22]

At the Final, Messing underrotated two jumps in the short program, placing sixth. He moved up to fifth place in the free skate, despite falling on a triple Axel and doubling a planned quadruple toeloop. Messing landed the quad Lutz in competition for the first time, the second Canadian skater to do so after Stephen Gogolev.[23]

At the 2019 Canadian Championships, Messing was considered a favourite going in, but struggled in both programs. In the short program, he placed second behind Gogolev, despite falling on his opening quad attempt.[24] The free skate was also a challenge, and he dropped to third place, winning the bronze medal behind Nguyen and Gogolev. Speaking afterward, he effusively praised Nguyen, saying "we all work too hard every day for this sport for us to even have an inkling of thinking ill of one another." He was named to the Canadian teams for the Four Continents and World Championships.[25]

At the 2019 Four Continents Championships, Messing placed fifth in the short program after rough landings on both his triple Axel and triple Lutz jumps.[26] He then placed third in the short program with a personal best score, winning a small bronze medal, and placing fourth overall.[27] At the 2019 World Championships, Messing placed fifteenth after two error-riddled programs, remarking that "the mistakes came from not thinking properly. That's why it hurts a little bit." The placements of Messing and Nguyen meant that Canada would have only one men's berth at the 2020 World Championships.[28] Messing concluded the season at the 2019 World Team Trophy, where he placed sixth overall among the twelve men, including a fourth-place free skate that featured only one error.[29]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Messing selected "Perfect" as his short program music for the season in commemoration of his marriage, the song having been the first dance at his wedding.[10] His first competition of the season was the 2019 CS Autumn Classic International, where he won the bronze medal with third place finishes in both segments. Messing held the Japanese flag in aid of the event's winner, Yuzuru Hanyu, during the medal ceremony, and was praised in the media for an example of good sportsmanship.[30]

Messing's younger brother Paxon was killed in a road accident days after the Autumn Classic.[3] Messing opted to compete on the Grand Prix a few weeks later.[31] Messing placed third in the short program at 2019 Skate America, fractions of a point behind Dmitri Aliev, and set a new personal best.[32] He struggled in the free skate, placing eighth and dropping to fourth place overall. He commented afterward that he felt unable to focus.[33] Messing performed a tribute to Paxon at the Skate America gala, saying it felt like "a last goodbye."[34] At his second Grand Prix, the 2019 Cup of China, he was fifth in the short program after fall on his quad toe loop and performing only a double Axel instead of a triple.[35] He was third in the free skate, and rose to fourth overall, narrowly missing the podium.[36]

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[37][34]
2018–2019
[1]
  • The Sober Dawn
    (from City Lights)
    by Charlie Chaplin
  • The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure, Pt. 2
    by Charlie Chaplin
    choreo. by Lance Vipond
  • Trashin' the Camp
    (from Tarzan)
2017–2018
[38]
  • The Sober Dawn
    (from City Lights)
    by Charlie Chaplin
  • The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure, Pt. 2
    by Charlie Chaplin
    choreo. by Lance Vipond
2016–2017
[40][41]
2015–2016
[11]
  • The Pink Panther Theme
    by Henry Mancini
    choreo. by Douglas Webster
2014–2015
[42]
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
    (from Monty Python's Life of Brian)
    by John Altman
    choreo. by Douglas Webster
2013–2014
[4]
  • The Mask of Zorro
    by James Horner
2012–2013
[42][43]
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
    by Louis Prima
    performed by Benny Goodman
    choreo. by Rory Flack
  • Trashin' the Camp
    (from Tarzan)


2011–2012
[42][4]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Trashin' the Camp
    (from Tarzan)

  • Rocky

2010–2011
[12]
2009-2010
[42][4]
  • The Incredible Hulk
    by Craig Armstrong
2007–2009
[4]

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

For CanadaEdit

International[44]
Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 12th
Worlds 8th 15th
Four Continents 4th
GP Final 5th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Rostelecom Cup 5th
GP Skate America 4th
GP Skate Canada 11th 8th 2nd
CS Autumn Classic 4th 3rd 3rd
CS Golden Spin 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 1st
CS Ondrej Nepela 5th
National[2]
Canadian Champ. 5th 6th 5th 2nd 3rd
SC Challenge 3rd 3rd
Team events[45]
World Team
Trophy
5th T
6th P
WD = Withdrew

For the United StatesEdit

International[44]
Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Cup of Nice 1st 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd
International: Junior[44]
Junior Worlds 4th 4th
JGP Final 5th
JGP Czech Republic 4th 4th
JGP Poland 6th
JGP Romania 1st
JGP U.K. 13th 2nd
Gardena 6th J
National[4]
U.S. Champ. 3rd N 5th J 2nd J 9th 8th 7th 16th 12th
U.S. Junior Champ. 5th V 6th I 9th I
Pacific Coast 1st N 2nd J 1st J 2nd
Northwest Pacific 1st V 1st V 1st I 1st I 1st N
Levels: V = Juvenile, I = Intermediate; N = Novice, J. = Junior

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Current personal bests in bold. Historical ISU personal bests in italics.

Senior careerEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 8–10, 2019 2019 Cup of China 5
76.80
3
160.56
4
237.36
October 25–27, 2019 2019 Skate America 3
96.34
8
143.00
4
239.34
September 12–14, 2019 2019 CS Autumn Classic International 3
89.57
3
166.45
3
256.02
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 9
79.75
4
178.04
5T/6P
257.79
March 18-24, 2019 2019 World Championships 14
82.38
15
155.26
15
237.64
February 7-10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 5
88.18
3
179.43
4
267.61
January 14–20, 2019 2019 Canadian Championships 2
87.18
3
160.26
3
247.44
December 6–9, 2018 2018–19 Grand Prix Final 6
79.56
5
156.49
5
236.05
November 16–18, 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 7
73.83
6
146.92
5
220.75
October 26–28, 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 1
95.05
2
170.12
2
265.17
September 26–29, 2018 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1
90.63
1
166.53
1
257.16
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 6
93.00
11
159.30
8
252.30
February 14–25, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 10
85.11
12
170.32
12
255.43
January 8–14, 2018 2018 Canadian Championships 3
90.98
3
173.60
2
259.25
November 10–12, 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 5
80.13
6
155.67
5
235.80
October 27–29, 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 5
82.17
10
135.58
8
217.75
September 20–23, 2017 2017 CS Autumn Classic International 4
86.33
3
161.97
3
248.30
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 16–22, 2017 2017 Canadian Championships 8
72.09
5
158.95
5
231.04
December 7–10, 2016 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 2
76.39
6
146.91
3
223.30
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016 2016 CS Autumn Classic International 3
75.41
4
139.69
4
215.10
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 18–24, 2016 2016 Canadian Championships 4
77.20
6
144.30
6
221.50
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2015 2015 Skate Canada 10
67.13
11
115.12
11
182.25
October 1–3, 2015 2015 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 4
73.16
5
122.51
5
195.67
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 19–25, 2015 2015 Canadian Championships 6
70.00
5
138.17
5
208.17
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 5–12, 2014 2014 U.S. Championships 14
61.15
11
136.30
12
197.45
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 19–27, 2013 2013 U.S. Championships 13
64.06
16
123.28
16
187.34
October 24–28, 2012 2012 Cup of Nice 1
80.11
2
144.33
1
224.44
September 27–29, 2012 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy 3
68.56
4
142.22
3
210.78
2011–12 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 22–29, 2012 2012 U.S. Championships 5
76.66
12
135.81
7
212.47
October 26–30, 2011 2011 Coupe de Nice 1
77.75
4
125.67
1
203.42
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
Feb. 27 – March 6, 2011 2011 World Junior Championships Junior 1
72.58
7
122.49
4
195.07
January 22–30, 2011 2011 U.S. Championships Junior 4
69.79
8
143.50
8
213.29
September 22–26, 2010 2010 Junior Grand Prix Japan Junior 2
68.52
8
106.90
5
175.42
October 13–16, 2010 2010 Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic Junior 4
61.53
4
116.37
4
177.90
September 8–12, 2010 2010 Junior Grand Prix Romania Junior 2
65.33
1
122.05
1
187.38
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 8–14, 2010 2010 World Junior Championships Junior 2
68.90
4
128.13
4
197.03
January 14–24, 2010 2010 U.S. Championships (Junior) Junior 12
63.38
8
126.97
9
190.35
September 9–13, 2009 2009 JGP Toruń Cup Junior 11
45.73
3
107.73
6
153.46

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