Canada's Messing to replace Olympic champ Hanyu at Grand Prix final
Right ankle injury forces Japanese star to miss Vancouver event
Canada's Keegan Messing, 26, has been issued an invitation as Hanyu's replacement, which would make him the lone Canadian at the Vancouver event from Dec. 6-8.
The 23-year-old Hanyu twisted his right ankle during a practice at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 17, and will be unable to compete.
Hanyu's withdrawal means Shoma Uno will be the lone Japanese male taking part.
🗞 Yuzuru Hanyu 🇯🇵 has withdrawn from the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver due to an ankle injury. <br><br>An official invitation has been sent to first substitute Keegan Messing 🇨🇦<br><br>#⃣ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GPFigure?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GPFigure</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FigureSkating?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FigureSkating</a> <a href="https://t.co/rpzFRQ6Rf8">pic.twitter.com/rpzFRQ6Rf8</a>—@ISU_Figure
In addition to winning back-to-back Olympic golds and world championships, Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final four consecutive times between 2013 and 2016. He was aiming to become the first skater, male or female, to win five GP titles overall.
The GP Final features the top six skaters from the International Skating Union's Grand Prix series. Hanyu qualified by winning the Grand Prix of Helsinki and the Rostelecom Cup.