Keegan Messing earns men's silver at Skate Canada
Moore-Towers, Marinaro skate to pairs bronze; Gilles, Poirier 3rd in ice dance
Canada's Keegan Messing captured silver in men's singles at Skate Canada International on Saturday in Laval, Que., climbing the medal podium for the first time at a Grand Prix event.
Moments after his entertaining program to a Charlie Chaplin medley — complete with the spinning of an invisible walking stick — the quirky 26-year-old talked about his new role in the spotlight.
"I don't know how I feel about that yet, except for the fact that I'm happy, especially since it's the first real competition of the year and I put out two good performances," Messing said. "I'm really happy on how things are turning out, I'm excited to see how it keeps unfolding.
"These first couple of pages have been fun. Let's see how the whole book is."
Watch Messing's free program
Messing, who led after Friday's short program, scored 265.17 points. Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno of Japan rebounded from a disastrous short program to win gold with 277.25. Cha Jun-Hwan, a 17-year-old from South Korea who trains in Toronto with Brian Orser, took bronze with 254.77.
Messing's medal was one of three for Canada. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won pairs bronze, while Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier captured ice dance bronze, roaring back from their sixth-place in the short dance.
Watch Moore-Towers and Marinaro earn bronze
Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won Skate Canada as a 14-year-old in 2011, scored 203.32 points to win the women's gold. She attempted a rare triple Axel and fell, but otherwise skated a clean program.
Japan's Mako Yamashita claimed the silver, while Russia's two-time world champ Evgenia Medvedeva was third. Canada's Alaine Chartrand was eighth.
Skating to a Pink Floyd medley, Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont., and Marinaro, from Sarnia, Ont., scored 200.93 points, narrowly missing out on pairs silver. The difference was a downgrade on their death spiral, which was their final element.
"Missing the level on the death spiral in the final 10 seconds of the program was a really big bummer, half a point there cost us a silver medal, so it's definitely a learning experience, margins here are so so tiny," Marinaro said.
Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France scored a personal best 147.30 in their short program to win gold with 221.81.
China's Peng Cheng and Jin Yang won the silver (201.08).
Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the ice dance with 200.76 points. Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took the silver (195.17), while Gilles, from Toronto, and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., scored 186.97 for third.
Watch Gilles and Poirier finish 3rd