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Miner to miss 2010 World Junior Championships

Ankle injury still plaguing skater

Ross Miner will not compete at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Ross Miner will not compete at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. (Kitty DeLio LaForte)

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(03/04/2010) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today that 2009 U.S. junior champion Ross Miner will not compete at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, March 8-14 in The Hague, Netherlands. He has been replaced by Keegan Messing, the 2009 U.S. junior silver medalist.

Miner is still bothered by the ankle injury that kept him out of the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. Earlier this season, Miner won gold and silver at his two assignments in the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and took the bronze at the 2009 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. He came in 10th at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

Messing placed ninth as a senior at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He has won a silver medal in the JGP Series (2008, Great Britain) and is the 2007 U.S. novice bronze medalist, a title he earned after becoming the first novice skater to land a triple Axel at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

"I'm bummed out for Ross, but I'm way excited to be going to junior worlds," Messing said. "Since I found out (I was going), I've been training much harder, faster and all-around more intensely."