Keegan Messing takes silver at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
Canadian national champion Keegan Messing won the men’s silver at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday night.
The 31-year-old, who will retire this off-season, amassed 275.57 total points, finishing behind Japan’s Kao Miura (281.53).
Miura won the title with the second-highest scoring in the world that year, and he needed pretty much all of it after Messing’s impressive performance.
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Japan’s Shun Sato climbed from sixth to the podium after his short program (259.14).
Canadians Conrad Orzel (226.10) and Stephen Gogolev (209.76) finished eighth and 13th out of the 22 runners, respectively.
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Earlier on Saturday, fellow national champions Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps made it to the podium in the pairs competition to secure bronze with a total score of 193.84.
Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara took gold with 208.24 points after maintaining their lead from Friday’s short program, while America’s Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe edged past the Montreal duo to take silver in the free skate (201st-20th). ,11).
Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps went awry when she put her hand on her throwing triple flip, then during a messy triple salchow when he fell and she spun. They rallied to finish strong.
“It was hard to finish this program with all these exercises,” said a breathless Deschamps.
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Fellow Canadians Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud finished one place behind Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps with 186.33 points, while Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Ethier finished seventh of the nine pairs (167.67).
Stellato-Dudek, a 39-year-old who retired after more than a dozen years in the sport, became the oldest athlete alongside Deschamps to win a grand prix event at the Grand Prix de France in November.
The Colorado Springs competition continues on Sunday with ice dancing free dance.
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The Four Continents Championships bring together the best skaters from outside of Europe in a final preparation for next month’s World Championships in Japan.
Miura and Kihara became the first Japanese pairs skaters to win the title after overcoming a few mistakes in their free skate.
Unbeaten in international competition this year, Kihara spun on the final double axis of her opening jump sequence, and the pair was sloppy on his triple salchow and triple flip. With 137.05 points, it was still good enough to easily leave the Americans behind.
Miura and Kihara collapsed on the ice after their program, performing the music project “Sleeping at Last” and trying to catch their breath in the thin air of Broadmoor World Arena.
“It was really tough skating at that height,” Kihara said, “but the crowd’s cheering kept our legs moving.”
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The only thing that stopped Miura and Kihara this season was a storm: they were forced to withdraw from the Japanese Championships when they lost their luggage, and with it their skates, in a winter storm en route from Canada.
Otherwise, the seventh-place finishers at the Beijing Olympics have swept the NHK Trophy and Skate Canada along with the Grand Prix final.