Canadian figure skating fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Keegan Messing is reportedly on his way to Beijing.
CBC’s Devin Heroux reports Messing passed his fourth and final PCR test in Montreal and will now travel across the Atlantic to represent Canada at his second Olympic Games.
Messing had to pass three tests during his period of isolation in Vancouver before he was even allowed to make the trip to Montreal – one of four international hubs that Olympic athletes had to pass through for these Games. He has now passed his final test in Montreal and will arrive in Beijing in time for the men’s individual competition which is due to start on February 8.
Unfortunately for Team Canada, Messing’s positive test forced him to miss the team event where the Great White North were looking to defend their gold medal from PyeongChang.
Roman Sadovsky had to skate in place of Messing, where he finished 8th with a score of 71.06.
Even without Messing, Canada still did enough to earn their spot in the team event final. With only the top five advancing to the team final, Canada finished fourth and are currently five points behind third-placed Japan. Sadovsky will once again be called upon to represent Canada in the men’s freestyle event, as despite following all protocols, Messing will not land in time to skate in the team event.
Messing, 30, is expected to arrive at the Games early on Feb. 7, giving him a day to prepare for the men’s individual competition.
Fortunately, Messing won’t arrive completely unprepared as he was able to arrange private ice time during his quarantine period in Vancouver.
The Girdwood, Alaska native, who represents Canada after receiving citizenship from his Edmonton-born mother, finished 12th at his first Olympics in 2018. At the 2021 World Championships, he managed a sixth-place finish.
Messing clinched her ticket to this year’s Olympics by winning her first national figure skating title in January.
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