Meissner timeline

1989: Kimberly Claire Meissner is born Oct. 4 in Towson. She is the youngest of four children.

1995: Meissner begins to skate as a 6-year-old when her backyard freezes.

2000: Meissner qualifies for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships on the juvenile level, where she places 16th.

2003: At 14, Meissner qualifies for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the novice category and wins a national title by landing a triple lutz in the free skate portion of her program.

2004: In the junior category, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Meissner is second after the short program, but wins the free skate by landing two triple lutzes, capturing a the Junior national title.

2005: At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore., the 15-year-old Meissner becomes only the second American woman to ever land a triple axel in competition. She goes on to win a bronze medal.

January 2006: Meissner finishes second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team headed to Turin, Italy. She is the youngest member of the U.S. team.

February 2006: After landing a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination in the short program, Meissner stumbles a bit in the long program but still finishes a very respectable sixth in her first Olympics.

March 2006: In what will turn out to be the pinnacle of Meissner's career, the 16-year-old lands seven triple jumps at the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary and becomes the seventh-youngest world champion ever.

2007: Meissner wins the U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

January 2008: Meissner falls three times attempting to defend her title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and finishes in seventh place. She follows that with a seventh-place finish at the World Championships a month later.

February 2008: Meissner makes the decision to switch coaches, leaving Pam Gregory, her coach since 2003, for Richard Callaghan. The move requires that she move to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Despite the change, she finishes eighth in two Grand Prix competitions.

February 2009: While training for the U.S Figure Skating Championships, Meissner injures her hip in practice and is forced to withdraw from the competition.

October 2009: Still struggling to recover from tendinitis and a dislocated kneecap, Meissner withdraws from two Grand Prix events in Russia and Japan, meaning she won't be able to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where athletes must compete for a spot on the Olympic team.

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