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Photos: Fans gather to greet figure skater Keegan Messing before he heads to the Olympics

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: February 2
  • Published February 2
Keegan Messing greets fans after his demonstration at he Dimond Center rink. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Keegan Messing laces his skates before the event begins. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Keegan Messing, center in back, is crowded by fans who take a picture. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
A young fan gets a glimpse of Keegan Messing as he prepares to skate. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Keegan Messing performs for the audience. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Fans are photographed with Keegan Messing at the Dimond Center rink. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Keegan Messing lands a jump during his demonstration. The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Marc Lester / ADN)

The Alaska Association of Figure Skaters hosted a sendoff party for Olympic figure skater Keegan Messing of Girdwood at the Dimond Center ice rink on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018. Messing will compete in the sport for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Messing performed a short demonstration of some of his leaps and spins to the gathered crowd, and posed for photos with fans at the side of the rink.