Keegan Messing began competing for Canada during the 2014-15 season after having represented the United States since the start of his career. His decision was founded from conversations with his Canadian grandmother, who told him over the years that Canada had never won an Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating.
Since making that move, he has had more fun than ever in his sport. He finished in the top five at the 2015 and 2017 Canadian championships, earning him a place on the national team. In October 2015 Messing made his Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada International. In November 2017 he placed an impressive fifth at NHK Trophy, his first Grand Prix event on foreign soil.
Messing has won two medals on the ISU Challenger Series, taking bronze at the 2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb and the 2017 Autumn Classic International. Messing had been the silver medallist at the 2009 US Junior Championships. He finished fourth at the junior world championships in both 2010 and 2011.
A little more about Keegan
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age 3 and competing at age 5… Was known as a kamikaze at his rink because he would fly into new jumps at full speed, leading to some big crashes… Early in his career idolized two-time Olympic silver medallist Elvis Stojko for his raw power and jumping ability; as he learned that he enjoyed performing and entertaining he has looked to Kurt Browning’s showmanship as an example… Outside Interests: Would like to become a fourth-generation firefighter after his skating career… Works at the Goodwood Forest Fair every year to help support the local community… Among his hobbies are stilt-walking, yo-yoing, solving Rubix cubes, camping in all seasons, rock climbing… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky… Has 30 shot glasses in his collection from his global travels…