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 25)
Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
Residence Girdwood, Alaska
Coach Ralph Burghart
Former coach Anne Durham
Choreographer Rory Flack
Skating club Sherwood Fsc, Alberta, Canada
Began skating 1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 224.44
2012 Coupe Internationale de Nice
Short program 80.11
2012 Coupe Internationale de Nice
Free skate 144.33
2012 Coupe Internationale de Nice

Keegan Messing (born January 23, 1992) is a Canadian-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 on January 23, 1992 in Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.[1][2] He has two brothers, Paxon and Tanner.[3] He holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.[4] His mother was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[5] His father is a firefighter.[6]


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.[3] He is now coached by Ralph Burghardt in Anchorage, Alaska.[1][7]

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.[8][9]

Messing won the 2011 Coupe de Nice after placing first in the short program and fourth in the free.[9] He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.[10]

In July 2014, Messing said that he would begin competing for Canada.[3] 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.[5]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Pink Panther Theme
    by Henry Mancini
    choreo. by Douglas Webster
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
    (from Monty Python)
    choreo. by Douglas Webster
  • 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]

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

For Canada[edit]

Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
GP Skate Canada 11th
CS Autumn Classic 4th
CS Golden Spin 3rd
CS Nepela Trophy 5th
Canadian Champ. 5th 6th
SC Challenge 3rd 3rd
WD = Withdrew

For the United States[edit]

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[14]
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
U.S. Jr. 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


  1. ^ a b c d e "Keegan MESSING: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Keegan Messing". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Keegan Messing". ; Earlier versions:
  4. ^ Hills, Jason (December 4, 2015). "Sherwood Park skater Keegan Messing lives his all-Canadian dream". Edmonton Journal. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Shane (February 19, 2015). "Keegan not Messing around". Sherwood Park News. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Keegan MESSING: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 17, 2011). "Messing's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' takes home gold". Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (November 9, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Gilles and Poirier skate, play; Snow in Alaska". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Flade, Tatjana (September 30, 2012). "2012 Nebelhorn Trophy". Golden Skate. 
  11. ^ Smith, Beverley (January 24, 2017). "Keegan Messing: his excellent adventure". 
  12. ^ a b c d "Programs". Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Keegan MESSING: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Keegan MESSING". International Skating Union. 

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