Keegan Messing

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Keegan Messing
Keegan Messing NT2012 bronze.jpg
Messing at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Former country(ies) represented United States
Born (1992-01-23) January 23, 1992 (age 23)
Girdwood, Alaska
Residence Girdwood, Alaska
Coach Ralph Burghart
Anne Durham (1995-99)
Choreographer Rory Flack
Skating club Alaska Association of Figure Skaters
Began skating 1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 197.03
2010 Junior Worlds
Short program 72.58
2011 Junior Worlds
Free skate 128.13
2010 Junior Worlds

Keegan Messing (born January 23, 1992) is an American figure skater. He is a two-time (2011, 2012) International Cup of Nice champion and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist. He placed 4th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Keegan Messing was born in Girdwood, Alaska. He has two brothers, Paxon and Tanner.[1] He holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.[citation needed]


Messing started skating at age 3 after watching the 1994 Olympics. Naming Elvis Stojko as his biggest influence, Messing said, "Watching him skate made me want to skate". Messing also formerly skated pairs with Ellie Gottstein.

Messing won the junior silver medal at the 2009 U.S. Championships. The following season, he made his senior national debut, finishing 9th. He finished 8th at the 2011 U.S. Nationals. He trains in Alaska.[2][3]

Messing won the 2011 Coupe de Nice after placing first in the short program and fourth in the free.[3] He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.[4]

Messing decided to skate for Canada in the 2014–15 season. He placed fifth at the 2015 Canadian Championships.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Mask of Zorro
    by James Horner

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Trashin' the Camp
    (from Tarzan)

  • Rocky

  • The Incredible Hulk
    by Craig Armstrong

Competitive highlights[edit]

JGP: Junior Grand Prix


Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Cup of Nice 1st 1st
Nebelhorn 3rd
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 4th 4th
JGP Final 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 4th 4th
JGP Poland 6th
JGP Romania 1st
JGP U.K. 13th 2nd
Gardena 6th J.
U.S. Champ. 3rd N. 5th J. 2nd J. 9th 8th 7th 16th 12th
Pacific Coast 1st N. 2nd J. 1st J. 2nd
Northwest Pacific 1st N.
Canadian Champ. 5th
Levels: N. = Novice, J. = Junior; WD = Withdrew


Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
U.S. Junior Championships 5th Jv. 6th I. 9th I.
Northwest Pacific Regionals 1st Jv. 1st Jv. 1st I. 1st I.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile, I. = Intermediate


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Keegan Messing". IceNetwork. ; Earlier versions:
  2. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 17, 2011). "Messing's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' takes home gold". Ice Network. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (November 9, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Gilles and Poirier skate, play; Snow in Alaska". Ice Network. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Flade, Tatjana (September 30, 2012). "2012 Nebelhorn Trophy". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Programs". Official website of Keegan Messing. Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Keegan MESSING: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Keegan MESSING: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Competition Results: Keegan MESSING". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Keegan Messing at Wikimedia Commons