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Athlete Spotlight: Local Figure Skater and Olympian Kimmie Meissner
Athlete Spotlight: Local Figure Skater and Olympian Kimmie Meissner

Born in Towson, Maryland, Kimmie Meissner is a figure skater that became a World Champion in 2006 and a National Champion in 2007. She also competed in the U.S. Olympic games in 2006 where she finished 6th place.

We caught up with Meissner at an outdoor ice skating event in Rockville where she performed and signed autographs for hundreds of fans.

 

How was it to compete in the U.S. Olympics at such a young age?

To get to the Olympics in 2006 was difficult. You had to place in the top two at nationals because there were only two spots and the talent was pretty tough. I competed against people that I looked up to as a child such as Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan, and Emily Hughes. It was the best thing that has happened to me.

I finished 6th, but It was an unbelievable experience. The support that I got from Maryland was incredible and when I came back there was a parade held in my honor in Bel Air where I grew up. It was fantastic to represent the U.S. and Maryland on that big of a stage in sports.

What are you up to now?

I’m 22 and a junior studying Exercise Science at the University of Delaware. I have since taken the semester off to get back into skating and have been traveling a lot with holiday shows since the Summer. I will be transferring to Towson next year.

Have any advice to young people in Maryland who want to be a Figure Skater?

It’s awesome to cheer on Olympians from your home state so I say go for it! If young people want to figure skate, they should do it. It’s hard work and you have to put in that time, but if you really love what you do it’s not work, and you’ll want to get better each day. It does get frustrating, but keep your head up and don’t listen to what other people tell you.

How did it feel to come back to Maryland and skate?

It was awesome. It’s been four years since I’ve skated in Maryland and I’ve never been to Rockville before. It’s so pretty outside and cold but the weather and the lights make you feel like it’s the holidays and I love it.

 New Year's Eve is this Saturday, have a New Year’s resolution?

To be more committed and focused on skating and school.

 

Look for Kimmie Meissner on NBC come February for a Valentine’s Day Special featuring Kenny G and Gladys Knight. She will be skating to the music of Gladys Knight.