Meissner falls, escapes

Sixth after short program, Bel Air skater meets goal of avoiding injury

February 09, 2007|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,Sun reporter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The thin air and sparse crowd seemed to take the wind out of Kimmie Meissner's sails during her short program last night at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

The reigning world and national champion found herself in sixth place after an underwhelming performance that began with a fall on the front end of a triple-triple jump combination and wobbled into her least favorite spin -- the layback.

Four Continents Championships Through tomorrow, Colorado Springs, Colo. TV: ESPN, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

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