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By Candus Thomson and candy.thomson@baltsun.com | January 29, 2010
When Kimmie Meissner filled out her first job application recently, she paused when she reached the line that asked for her employment history. She finally wrote: Team USA, 2002 to present. But the here and now is an unsettled place. Since last summer, the former world and national figure skating champion has been on the shelf, recovering from an injured right kneecap dislocated in a training mishap. She missed the Grand Prix season, the U.S. championships and, most importantly, a shot at competing at the Olympics next month - perhaps her last shot.
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Sports Digest | September 11, 2014
Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Native Dancer, five others to be inducted in November Racehorse Native Dancer, swimmer Beth Botsford , baseball-football players Tommy Brown and Brian Jordan , lacrosse player and coach Bob Scott and figure skater Kimmie Meissner will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. In addition, the Hall will present the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the contribution of individuals over a long career of supporting and advancing athletics in the state of Maryland, to the late Earl Banks , who was the football coach at Morgan State.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Eight years after competing in the Olympics, Kimmie Meissner is giving the Winter Games another shot. Minus her skates. Meissner, 24, is working for NBC as a research analyst, a behind-the-scenes job that sent the Bel Air resident to Sochi with little fanfare. There, she's doing off-camera grunt work that might seem odd for the onetime world and national figure skating champion. "Kimmie will watch the skating from the International Broadcast Center and provide a written analysis before and after each event," said Lee Ann Gschwind, NBC's editorial director for the Olympics.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Eight years after competing in the Olympics, Kimmie Meissner is giving the Winter Games another shot. Minus her skates. Meissner, 24, is working for NBC as a research analyst, a behind-the-scenes job that sent the Bel Air resident to Sochi with little fanfare. There, she's doing off-camera grunt work that might seem odd for the onetime world and national figure skating champion. "Kimmie will watch the skating from the International Broadcast Center and provide a written analysis before and after each event," said Lee Ann Gschwind, NBC's editorial director for the Olympics.
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February 20, 2006
Bel Air's Kimmie Meissner takes to the ice in search of Olympics glory as the Ladies Figure Skating competition begins at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Our reporters, photographers and artists provide complete coverage of Meissner's training for tomorrow's short program, as well as spotlight friends, family and fans cheering for the 16-year-old. In addition, you can keep track of Meissner by logging on to The Sun's Web site at baltimoresun.com/olympics where you can find full coverage of the Winter Games, including stories, blogs, podcasts and photo galleries.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | February 10, 2008
There are no figures in women's figure skating. Kimmie Meissner is finding that out the hard way. A growth spurt, or just a couple of pounds on hips and thighs, can upset a world-class skater's finely calibrated internal gyroscope or put stress on a teenager's developing bones. It happened to five-time world champion Michelle Kwan. It happened to former U.S. champion Sasha Cohen. And now, say skating experts who have watched Meissner's recent struggles, it's happening to her. Just two years ago, Meissner won the world championship and followed it last year with the U.S. Championship.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | June 21, 2009
The newest member of Kimmie Meissner's coaching team is a free spirit who cheerfully concedes that he knows nothing of figure skating, travels the country in a clunker Jeep with a bungee-corded tarp for a roof and 260,000 on the odometer, and keeps his clothes in a waterproof plastic box. Meet Gyula Pandi, at age 64, one part cheerleader, one part nag, one part choreographer. With the Winter Olympics eight months away, the former performer and teacher with the Hungarian Ballet Company is on board to help Meissner prepare for competition in the areas where judges have often downgraded her. "Tilt your head.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | January 27, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -- For Kimmie Meissner, the question isn't, will she or won't she? Rather it's, why should she? The reigning world champion is in first place at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, with the free skate - "my area," she calls it - today. Her four-minute performance has seven triple jumps, four of them in combination, and ends with a double-double-double combination jump. U.S. Figure Skating Championships Women's final, today, 4 p.m., Ch. 2
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | April 2, 2006
Unlike her recent gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Canada, Kimmie Meissner can't wear her latest accolade - a street named after her in downtown Bel Air. Several hundred people gathered yesterday morning to watch the 16-year-old Bel Air native pull a long green cord to drop a tarp and unveil a sign proclaiming Main Street at Pennsylvania Avenue as Kimmie Way. "I'm looking up there and it's so funny," Meissner said afterward as...
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Sports Digest | September 11, 2014
Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Native Dancer, five others to be inducted in November Racehorse Native Dancer, swimmer Beth Botsford , baseball-football players Tommy Brown and Brian Jordan , lacrosse player and coach Bob Scott and figure skater Kimmie Meissner will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. In addition, the Hall will present the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the contribution of individuals over a long career of supporting and advancing athletics in the state of Maryland, to the late Earl Banks , who was the football coach at Morgan State.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
She hails from a family of Baltimore firefighters, but Summer Britcher's life runs counter. She battles the ice. One of the youngest members of the Olympic luge team, Britcher, 19, is competing in her first Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Opening ceremonies are Friday and come Monday she'll lay on her back and rattle her sled down a frozen track with 17 banked turns for nearly one mile at speeds exceeding 80 miles an hour. Sans brakes. "It's terrifying, but I'm hooked," Britcher said.
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From staff reports | December 26, 2013
Summer Britcher, a Baltimore-born Glen Rock, Pa., resident who qualified this month for a spot on the U.S. women's luge team for the 2014 Sochi Games, received a grand send-off Thursday from the Baltimore City Fire Department's Engine 29 station house, where her father is a captain. Kimmie Meissner, 2010 Olympic figure skater, and her brother, Eric Meissner, a firefighter and paramedic on Engine29, were also at the event. Several of Britcher's family members serve or have served the department.
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September 12, 2013
Ice Champions LIVE offers the opportunity to see Olympic and world champions perform on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road. International superstars of figure skating expected to participate are Ekaterina Gordeeva, Kimmie Meissner, Michael Weiss, Ryan Bradley and Adam Rippon. Presented by Michael Weiss Foundation, this event is a fundraiser for scholarships for aspiring Olympians. There will also be a silent auction featuring skaters' personal memorabilia as well as items from local artists, jewelers and restaurants.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
On the first full day of his life as the most-decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps went back to work - those medals don't start winning themselves just because you've hit 19, after all. But first he had to attend to his correspondence. "Thank you Mr. President!!" he wrote, re-tweeting a congratulatory message from @BarackObama. "It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!" A little less formally, there was a "Thanks bro!!!" to a tweet from Lil Wayne ("High praises to my good friend Michael Phelps for becoming the greatest Olympian of all time.USA!
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April 18, 2012
Olympic athletes Kimmie Meissner and Pat Winslow Connolly visited Pinewood Elementary School on April 16, and Rowdy Gaines, an Olympic swimmer who currently commentates on the sport, spoke to students via Skype. Meissner, a world champion figure skater and 2006 Olympian, and Connolly, a three-time track and field Olympian, visited the school as part of a 100-day countdown to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Connolly is a women's sports advocate and has been outspoken about steroid abuse in sports.
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By Sports Digest | February 5, 2011
Sports Legends Museum Wilson, Hoiles, Meissner to attend Babe's Birthday Bash The Babe Ruth Museum announced Friday that Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson , former Oriole Chris Hoiles and world figure skating champion Kimmie Meissner will be in attendance for Babe's Birthday Bash on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The event will celebrate the 116th anniversary of Ruth's birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895. The museum will present the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation with the 2011 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award.
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By Sports Digest | February 20, 2010
Kimmie Meissner will recount memories of figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, as part of a program at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards next Saturday. As part of the 1 p.m. program, "Olympic Experiences with Kimmie Meissner," the Bel Air native will also discuss the preparation she took to get to the Games, at which she finished sixth. The event goes hand-in-hand with the museum's "Treasures From Our Attic" exhibit, which features Meissner's 2006 world championship medal.
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From staff reports | December 26, 2013
Summer Britcher, a Baltimore-born Glen Rock, Pa., resident who qualified this month for a spot on the U.S. women's luge team for the 2014 Sochi Games, received a grand send-off Thursday from the Baltimore City Fire Department's Engine 29 station house, where her father is a captain. Kimmie Meissner, 2010 Olympic figure skater, and her brother, Eric Meissner, a firefighter and paramedic on Engine29, were also at the event. Several of Britcher's family members serve or have served the department.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2010
New routine? Check. New dresses? Check New teeth? Double check. In the figure skating world, where girls become young women in the blink of a season, Allison Timlen is pushing warp speed. Four weeks from now, she'll make her debut as a junior lady at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, where she hopes to wow judges and fans with a more mature persona and a brand-new long program to match. Her goal is a top-six finish in a field of 12 skaters and a place on the U.S. team.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
Figure skater Kimmie Meissner, the 2006 world champion and 2007 national champion from Bel Air, will be performing Christmas day in an NBC special, "A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating. " The program highlights 60 years of skating and includes appearances by Olympic gold medalists Dick Button, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Evan Lysacek, Sarah Hughes and Tenley Albright. The show was taped on Dec. 11 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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