Kimmie Meissner
American figure skater
Kimmie Meissner
Kimberly Claire "Kimmie" Meissner is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 World Champion, the 2007 U.S. National Champion, and the 2007 Four Continents Champion. She is the first American and the first lady to simultaneously hold the World, Four Continents, and National titles. In 2005, Meissner became the second American woman to land the triple Axel jump in national competition.
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Champs Camp brings news of new quads for men, triple-triples for ladies - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
The last American lady to land a triple axel in competition was Kimmie Meissner. Two-time US bronze medalist Ashley Wagner, who recently turned to John Nicks for fresh guidance, is also working to get her triple-triple back. She notched her first win
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Weekend Planner: Open-Air Concerts, Stars on Ice, 'Beauty and the Beast' - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Why Go: It's a one-night-only fundraising showcase with a collection of top skaters: World Champion Kimmie Meissner, two-time US National Champion Alissa Czisny, two-time US National Champion and Olympian Jeremy Abbott, and many more
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For The Record - Evening Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Kimmie Meissner, 2006 World Champion, skated to gold medals at Skate Chautauqua in 2002 and Jennifer Kirk, the 2000 Junior World Champion was a winner in Jamestown in 1998. The public is welcome to attend Skate Chautauqua. This year admission to all
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CSNBaltimore.com/PressBoxOnline.com - CSNBaltimore.com
Google News - over 5 years
My wife didn't stop with her husband; she sweet talked Kimmie Meissner, Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich and former Raven Bennie Thompson. Unfortunately, Bakich had to back out because of a scheduling conflict. The object of the event,
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Ravens' Flacco Supports Maryland Special Olympics - Baltimore Beat Down
Google News - over 5 years
Flacco joined other Maryland sports celebrities, including figure skater Kimmie Meissner and Baltimore's Marching Ravens. This is Flacco's third year helping with the Special Olympics, according to a story on Gazette.Net. Joe says in the story: "The
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Special experience for Montgomery athletes at Maryland's Summer Olympics - Gazette.net Montgomery County Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Several guests attended opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games Friday, including Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and champion figure skater Kimmie Meissner, but its athletes were
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Special Olympics Kick Off in Towson - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Gesue, along with co-emcee and world champion figure skater Kimmie Meissner hosted the opening ceremony Friday night to kickoff the 41st Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games. According to the Maryland Special Olympics mission, these games allow
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Special Olympics' Annual Summer Games Return to Towson - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The games will open Friday evening with the arrival of the "Flame of Hope" (a part of which traveled down Joppa Road on Wednesday) and an opening ceremony hosted by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and figure skater Kimmie Meissner
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NKF-MD To “Rappel For Kidney Health” From Canton Crossing Tower - Citybizlist (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
To date, the participant list includes: Kimmie Meissner (2006 Olympian and World Champion Figure Skater), Bennie Thompson (former NFL player), Stan Charles (host of daily radio show for FOX Sports 1370 and "Pressbox Live" on ABC2, WMAR-TV,
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Czisny is positioned to medal at Moscow - Detroit Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Czisny knows she'll need to shine in her long program today to become the first American woman to capture a ladies world medal since Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen took gold and bronze in 2006 in Calgary. Should that happen, it will mark one of the
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What's On Today
NYTimes - about 7 years
10 P.M. (Showtime) SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL You know what they say about judging a book by its cover. Billie Piper, above, who plays Belle on this Showtime series, meets Brooke Magnanti, a k a Belle de Jour, the real-life prostitute and writer whose sex blog and best-selling books inspired Ms. Piper's character. Ms. Magnanti, a medical
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What's On Today
NYTimes - about 7 years
2:30 P.M. (PBS) FROM VIENNA: NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION 2010 Georges Prêtre, above, conducts this ''Great Performances'' presentation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, live from the Viennese concert hall the Musikverein. On the program are Strauss waltzes, marches and polkas, as well as dance sequences performed by members of the Volksopera
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U.S. Women Are Seeking A Contender For Skating
NYTimes - over 7 years
Fewer than three months remain until the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics, but Rachael Flatt -- the top-ranked American woman in figure skating -- is not yet dreaming of becoming a star at the Winter Games. For Flatt and every rival countrywoman trying to make it to Vancouver, it is way too early for that. ''I'm trying to make the team
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As Substitute, Emily Hughes Has Another Shot to Be a Star
NYTimes - over 7 years
When Emily Hughes received the news that she would be replacing the injured Sasha Cohen at this week's Skate America, she could not help screaming into the phone. ''This isn't the first time I've been called upon to fill in for someone at the last minute, so I should be used to it, right?'' Hughes said Thursday, laughing. ''But obviously, I'm not.
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SPORTS BRIEFING | FIGURE SKATING; Meissner To Miss Events
NYTimes - over 7 years
The former world and United States champion Kimmie Meissner has withdrawn from her two Grand Prix events because of knee problems. Meissner, the 2006 world gold medalist and the 2007 United States champion, has been bothered by tendinitis in her right knee since dislocating her kneecap. On Thursday, she dropped out of the Cup of Russia and the NHK
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To Learn About Skating, Study Sharpening
NYTimes - over 7 years
There are no petri dishes or rat mazes where George Knakal practices his science, no high-tech scanners or electron microscopes. His equipment features a grindstone and a vacuum cleaner rigged to plumbing pipes, sitting amid a clutter of two-by-fours and plastic patio chairs in his garage. But science goes on here, and Mr. Knakal has a name for it
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U.S. Women Must Deal With 2 Olympic Spots
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Rachael Flatt, a 16-year-old with round, ruddy cheeks and uncontainable perkiness, did not win a medal for the United States at the world figure skating championships. But when she finished her long program Saturday night, she beamed and giggled. She placed fifth over all and was the top American woman. With the 2010 Vancouver Games less than a
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In Competition Full of New Faces, Czisny Takes First in Short Program
NYTimes - about 8 years
Seeming to float above the ice instead of skate on it, Alissa Czisny picked the perfect time to perform her best short program ever. She landed her jumps and spun with the speed of a centrifuge. She moved with grace, making it look as if she were wearing ballet slippers instead of skates. With a career filled with twists and turns, without much
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Meissner and Hughes Pull Out of Nationals
NYTimes - about 8 years
Kimmie Meissner, the women's 2006 world champion, and Emily Hughes, Meissner's teammate at the Turin Olympics, withdrew from this week's United States Figure Skating Championships on Monday because of injury. Meissner said she aggravated a hip flexor injury she sustained while running on a treadmill about a week ago. Hughes withdrew because of an
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kimmie Meissner
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    Commenting in July 2016, she said, "The injury wasn't devastating, but things in my personal life all happened at the same time."
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  • 2014
    Age 24
    During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Meissner worked as a figure skating researcher for NBC Olympics.
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    Meissner continues to appear in ice shows and pro-am events. During the 2014–15 season, she performed as a full-time member for the US Stars on Ice tour.
    More Details Hide Details When Meissner returned from the 2006 Olympic Games, a parade was held in her honor in her hometown of Bel Air. Following her win at the 2006 Worlds, the town gave one of its main roads, Pennsylvania Avenue, the honorary title of Kimmie Way. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Phillies opening day game, and a week later for her hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles, on April 14, 2006.
    She graduated in December 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Kimmie Meissner began figure skating at age six after watching her older brothers playing ice hockey. She landed her first triple, a salchow jump, six years later.
  • 2010
    Age 20
    Due to this, she did not receive a bye to the 2010 U.S. Championships and was too late to register to compete at the regional championships, thereby ending her season.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    She announced her withdrawal from both events on October 8, 2009 due to an injury to her right knee.
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    Meissner had been assigned to the 2009 Rostelecom Cup and the 2009 NHK Trophy for the Grand Prix season.
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    In the fall of 2009, Meissner moved back to Maryland.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Conte became her coach and also choreographed ice show programs for her.
    On January 19, 2009, Meissner announced her withdrawal from the 2009 U.S. Championships due to injury.
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  • 2008
    Age 18
    She also placed 7th at the 2008 Cup of Russia.
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    She began the season at the 2008 Skate America, where she placed 7th.
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    Both Callaghan and Eldredge coached Meissner during the 2008–09 season.
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    At the 2008 World Championships, Meissner placed 9th in the short program and 12th in the long.
    More Details Hide Details She placed 7th overall and was the highest placed American in the competition. In the off-season, she toured with Stars on Ice and trained with both Callaghan and Eldredge.
    She trained with Callaghan for the six weeks between Nationals and the 2008 World Championships.
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    She placed 7th overall and was selected for the U.S. team to the 2008 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details After Nationals, Eldredge called her with more input on her spins and recommended his long-time coach Richard Callaghan. Meissner made the choice to switch coaches from long-time coach Pam Gregory to a temporary arrangement with Richard Callaghan in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
    Before the 2008 U.S. Championships, Meissner worked on her spins with Todd Eldredge.
    More Details Hide Details She placed 4th in the short program and 7th in the free after falling three times.
    Following her coaching change after the 2008 U.S. Championships, Meissner moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details In the fall of 2009, Meissner moved back to Maryland. During 2010-2012, she attended the University of Delaware as a full-time student. She transferred to Towson University for the spring semester of 2013 and changed her major to English.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    Following Meissner's win at the 2007 U.S. Championships, she signed endorsement deals with Subway, Under Armour, and Visa.
    More Details Hide Details She has appeared in Subway commercials, including a regional-Baltimore one following the 2006 Olympics, and a national one with Jared Fogle. She appeared in the Under Armour commercial shown during Super Bowl XLII. Meissner appeared in the music video for Speed Feels Better by Michael Tolcher wearing an Under Armour sweatshirt.
    She then placed second at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard, qualifying her for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed sixth.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, she was skating on a sprained right ankle, an injury she sustained during a show.
    Meissner began the 2007–08 season by beating reigning World Champion Miki Ando at the 2007 Skate America.
    More Details Hide Details This was Meissner's first win the Grand Prix series.
    After Four Continents, Meissner competed at the 2007 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She achieved a new personal best for her short program where she placed fourth. She did not complete either of her triple-triple combinations in the free skating and placed third in that segment of the competition and fourth overall.
    At the 2007 U.S. Championships, Meissner went in as the favorite.
    More Details Hide Details She won the title, after winning the short program and placing third in the free skate. This made her the first ladies skater since Barbara Roles to win the national title on the Novice, Junior, and Senior levels. After Nationals, Meissner went to the Four Continents Championships, a competition for senior-level skaters who are not from Europe, for the first time in her career. She fell on her triple-triple combination in the short program and was in sixth place going into the free skate. She won the free skate and the competition overall, becoming the first U.S. ladies champion to become the Four Continents Champion.
  • 2006
    Age 16
    Following the 2006 World Championships, Meissner became a spokesperson for the Cool Kids Campaign, an organization for children with cancer.
    More Details Hide Details She designed gel bracelets for the organization as a fundraiser. On August 25, 2007, she put on a benefit show in Baltimore called "Kimmie's Angels on Ice" to benefit the charity. Meissner also co-edits the newsletter for the charity.
    At her second Grand Prix event, the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard, she fell on a triple Axel attempt and placed third overall.
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    Meissner began the 2006–07 season at the 2006 Skate America, where she won the silver medal, the highest finish of her career until then at a Grand Prix event.
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    Following the Olympics, Meissner returned to Baltimore. On the return flight, she partially ruptured one of her eardrums and fully ruptured the other. This affected her hearing as she trained for the 2006 World Championships, her first senior ISU Championship.
    More Details Hide Details At Worlds, Meissner placed second in her qualifying group and fifth in the short program, putting her in third place overall going into the free skate. During the free skate, Meissner completed seven triple jumps, including two triple-triple combinations, to win the title. This win made her the first woman since Kristi Yamaguchi to win a world title before a national title. Meissner is also the first woman to win Worlds on her first appearance since Oksana Baiul in 1993. She is the seventh-youngest ladies World Champion in history. Meissner has described this win as changing her career from being the underdog to being expected to win every competition she entered.
    At the 2006 U.S. Championships, Meissner won the silver medal and was named to the U.S. team to the 2006 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Meissner was the youngest athlete on the United States Olympic team. She spent the first week of the Games training in Courmayeur, moving to Torino proper a few days before the ladies event began. Meissner skated second in the short program and landed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination to place fifth in that segment of the competition. Skating second-to-last in the final flight of the free skate, Meissner placed sixth in the free skate and overall.
    She finished 6th at the Olympics in February 2006 and won the World Championships the following month.
    More Details Hide Details She is a spokesperson for the Cool Kids Campaign, an organization that helps children with cancer. Kimberly Meissner, nicknamed "Kimmie", was born in Towson, Maryland, to Judy (Roth) and Paul Meissner. She is the youngest of four children and the only girl. She is Catholic. Her maternal great-grandparents Paulina and Emmanuel Novo had emigrated separately from Spain during the 1920s. The latter was a fisherman from Galicia. Meissner was a full-time student at Fallston High School, a public high school and graduated from there in May 2007. She entered the University of Delaware as a part-time student in the fall semester of that year. Meissner trained for most of her career in Newark, Delaware at the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club, the club she represents in competition. Until February 2008, Meissner lived in Maryland with her family, and lived at home while attending college.
    She is the 2006 World champion, the 2007 Four Continents champion, and the 2007 U.S. national champion.
    More Details Hide Details She is the first American and the first lady to simultaneously hold the World, Four Continents, and national titles. In 2005, Meissner became the second American woman to land the triple Axel jump in national competition. She was a member of the 2006 Olympic team and was the youngest American athlete to compete at those Games.
  • 2005
    Age 15
    She repeated that overall placement at her second event, the 2005 NHK Trophy, where she placed third in the short program and fifth in the free skate.
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    She made her Grand Prix debut at the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard, where she placed sixth in the short program, fourth in the free skate, and fifth overall.
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    Kimmie Meissner moved to the senior level internationally beginning in the 2005–06 Olympic season.
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    She was not age-eligible for the senior World Championships and so was named in the U.S. team for the 2005 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Meissner placed third in the short program and fourth in the free, placing fourth overall. Afterwards, Meissner went to Worlds as a guest of ESPN and watched from the sidelines.
    On January 15, 2005, at the 2005 U.S. Championships, Meissner landed a triple axel jump, becoming only the second American lady to land the jump in competition, fourteen years after Tonya Harding became the first American lady to land the jump.
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  • 2004
    Age 14
    On the 2004–05 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, the first season the ISU Judging System was being used in junior competition, she won silver medals at the event in Courchevel, France and a second silver medal at the event in Long Beach, California.
    More Details Hide Details Meissner's two silver medals qualified her for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Helsinki, Finland, where she won the bronze medal, after placing seventh in the short program and second in the free skate.
    In the summer of 2004, Meissner began working on a triple Axel but stopped practicing the jump for two months due to a slight back injury.
    More Details Hide Details She moved up to the senior level nationally but remained a junior internationally. She was practicing four to five hours on most days.
    At Nationals, Meissner was named to the U.S. team to the 2004 World Junior Championships, where she landed her first triple lutz-triple toe combination in competition and won the silver medal behind Miki Ando.
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    At the 2004 U.S. Championships, Meissner was second behind Katy Taylor after the short program, but won the free skate, after landing two triple lutzes, to win the Junior national title.
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  • 2003
    Age 13
    She won the silver medal at the first event of the 2003–04 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to win the Junior Grand Prix event in Bled, Slovenia, which qualified her for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where she placed 5th.
    She moved up to the junior level in the 2003–04 season.
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    From 2003 through 2008, Meissner was coached by Pam Gregory at the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.
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    Following the 2003 U.S. Championships, Meissner was named to the team for the 2003 Triglav Trophy, where she won the bronze medal on the novice level.
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  • 2002
    Age 12
    In the 2002–03 season, Meissner placed second at her regional competition and won her sectional competition to qualify for the 2003 U.S. Championships on the novice level.
    More Details Hide Details At age thirteen, Meissner won the U.S. novice national title, after landing a triple lutz jump in her free skate.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 9
    In the 1999–2000 season, Meissner qualified for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships on the juvenile level, where she placed 16th.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, she repeated that placement, but on the Intermediate level. In the United States, Juvenile and Intermediate-level skaters compete at the U.S. Junior Championships, while Novice, Junior, and Senior-level skaters compete at the U.S. Championships.
  • 1989
    Born
    Born on October 4, 1989.
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