Messing won't let an injury derail his Olympic dream

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Keegan Messing is just days away from heading to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. He took time Friday to perform in front of fans at the Dimond Center Ice Rink.

The event was a send-off for Messing before departing for Pyeongchang as a member of the Canadian Olympic Figure Skating team. Messing lives in Girdwood, but is a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States.

The 25-year-old qualified for the Olympics after taking second in nationals, but found himself with a sprained ankle shortly after returning to Alaska. "Just over a week into the training, I came down on a triple axle very wrong and gave myself a high ankle sprain," said Messing on Friday.

Messing says he feared he would have to withdraw from the Olympics, but after working hard to bounce back, he’s says he’s ready for his big moment.

"Feeling very strong and very confident I can get back up to a hundred percent by the time I have to compete," said Messing. "I've been training for 23 years, and at this point, it's just letting the blades fly and doing what I've been doing for my life."