Former world and national figure skating champion Kimmie Meissner will not have to qualify for the 2010 U.S. championships. The championships, scheduled for Jan. 14-24 in Spokane, Wash., will determine which two women will go to the Winter Olympics.
Despite being assigned to two international Grand Prix events this season, the skater from Bel Air was going to have to qualify at the South Atlantic regionals in Rockville in early October because she withdrew from the national championships earlier this year due to injury. And she missed by one day the bye granted to skaters whose Grand Prix assignments and travel would create a conflict with regionals.
Meissner, who trains in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is to compete in Moscow in the Cup of Russia on Oct. 22-25, and the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan, on Nov. 5-8. U.S. Figure Skating officials granted her a bye because of the short time frame and extensive travel involved.