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Alaska figure skater Keegan Messing takes sixth overall at World Championships

Keegan Messing of Canada after performing during the Men Free Skating Program at the Figure...
Keegan Messing of Canada after performing during the Men Free Skating Program at the Figure Skating World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)(Martin Meissner | AP)
Published: Mar. 28, 2021 at 10:52 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The best figure skaters from around the globe traveled to Stockholm, Sweden this weekend for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Alaska’s Keegan Messing was among those who took the ice in Stockholm earning a career-best finish in the free program.

Messing finished with a score of 176.75 in the free program and took sixth overall. He went to the 2018 Winter Olympics as a member of the Canadian Olympic team and is hopeful to do it again for Canada in 2022. The Girdwood figure skater’s dual citizenship status allows him to skate for Team Canada.

Messing performance at the World Championship didn’t stop after his routine ended. A video online shows Messing in the stands at the World Figure Skating Championships waving a giant Canadian flag during the Ice Dance competition.

Editor’s Note: The previous version of this article reported Keegan Messing qualified for the 2022 Olympics as a member of the Canadian Olympic team.

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