Coral Springs, Florida, located some 20 miles northwest of Ft. Lauderdale, is the place Kimmie Meissner now calls her “home-away-from-home.” In early February the Bel Air, Md. native relocated to the sunny south to work with renowned coach Richard Callaghan and his talented team.
After claiming the gold medal at Skate America, her first Grand Prix event last season, she placed second at Trophée Eric Bompard. But after that, things started going steadily downhill for the talented young skater. The 2008 Grand Prix Final was a disaster for Meissner; she fell on three jumps and wound up in a distant last place. The writing was on the wall.
Following her disappointing seventh-place finish at the 2008 U.S. National Championships Meissner knew it was time.
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