Girdwood’s Keegan Messing put himself in rivalry for a visit to the Winter Olympics by putting third within the brief program on the Canadian determine skating championships Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Messing, skating a quick-paced routine to “Singing within the Rain,” scored eighty five.sixty five factors. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan seized the lead with ninety.ninety eight factors, and 2014 Olympian Kevin Reynolds was second with 86.20 factors.
The lengthy program is Saturday afternoon. Messing, Reynolds and Chan would be the remaining three skaters, in that order.
At stake are two spots on Canada’s Olympic staff. Chan is an awesome favourite to say a type of spots, whereas Messing and Reynolds are amongst 4 skaters separated by 2.eighty one factors going into the lengthy program.
Messing, 25, earned a standing ovation for his efficiency on the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports activities Centre. He turned a deliberate quadruple bounce right into a triple — there is no deduction for that, as a result of the quad is not a required aspect — he held on to land his triple axel, and his mixture spins have been tight and quick.
Messing, a lifelong Alaskan, has twin citizenship and after skating as an American for a number of years, he started competing for Canada within the 2014-15 season.
Watch Messing’s program right here.