VIDEO: #46 of 2017-18 - Leaping up the ranks

Keegan Messing CAN
2018 World Championships short program

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It was a breakthrough season for Keegan Messing. Without much of a track record the past few seasons since he started competing for Canada, Messing made a splash early in the Olympic season at Autumn Classic and never really looked back.

Over the next few months, he assumed the position of #2 in Canada and grabbed the second spot for PyeongChang, where he finished 12th. But the best was yet to come - in Milano for his first World Championships, Messing made the most of his huge jumps and put down his career best short to make the final group in the free skate. HIs free didn’t live up to expectations, but this program gave him enough of a cushion to finish top 8 in his Worlds debut.

And now, with the retirement of Patrick Chan, Messing is the de facto leader of men’s skating in Canada. Can he repeat this magic next season?