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Meissner withdraws from U.S. Figure Skating Champs

2007 champion won't compete due to injured hip

Kimmie Meissner will not compete at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Kimmie Meissner will not compete at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (Getty Images)

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(01/19/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kimmie Meissner, the 2006 World champion and 2007 U.S. champion, has withdrawn from the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, because of an injury.

"The decision wasn't easy and was not made lightly," Meissner said. "I'm very disappointed I won't be there in Cleveland to compete."

The injury was sustained during an off-ice training session about a week ago.

"I was sprinting on the treadmill and injured my hip flexor," Meissner said. "I tried to get on the ice, but I'm still experiencing pain doing jumps. I would not be able to compete at 100 percent as I had been planning."

The injury became aggravated while she was landing jumps during an on-ice training session in Coral Gables, Fla. Meissner returned to her hometown of Baltimore, Md., to receive treatment from a physical therapist.

"Of course we're disappointed that Kimmie won't be competing in Cleveland," said Meissner's coach, Richard Callaghan, "but we've got to put her health and physical well-being first. Unfortunately, that means that she won't be able to compete at the championships this year."

Meissner competed in this year's ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, finishing eighth at both Skate America in Everett, Wash., and the Cup of Russia in Moscow.

"I plan to get stronger and overcome my injury so that I can compete at the 2010 U.S. Championships."

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U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 763 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 179,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.