Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cool Kid

Kimmie Meissner was the 2006 World Champion (Photo by Lloyd Fox, June 5, 2009)

I always root for Team USA in international athletic competitions, but American athletes usually aren't my favorites. But I am a fan of Kimmie Meissner, 2006 World Champion and 2007 US National Champion. I remember seeing her for the first time at the 2005 Nationals when she pulled off the triple axel, becoming only the second US woman to execute the notoriously difficult jump. It was totally awesome.

But what I especially liked about Kimmie wasn't her accomplishments on ice, but her spunky personality. Sure, there are plenty of likable figure skaters, but Kimmie wasn't just nice. She was shy, awkward, ironic, playful, and intense, all in a mercurial flash of emotions. Likewise, in spite of her focused concentration during performance, her emotions were clear upon her facial expressions. This openness was absolutely charming.

Kimmie Meissner was born on October 4, 1989 (Photo by Kathy F. Atkiinson)

The last few years have been tough for Kimmie fans, given her injuries and performance difficulties. There hasn't been an official retirement notice, but that seems to be the way things are going. Regardless, I'll always appreciate her exhilarating presence on the ice. And today we can wish her a Happy Birthday!!!

Here are some vids of her performances.


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