Meissner pursues national prize

The Baltimore Sun

SPOKANE, Wash. -- With bronze and silver medals already at home in Maryland, Kimmie Meissner will try to complete the set this week at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Her timing couldn't be better. Michelle Kwan, the nine-time winner, and Sasha Cohen, last year's gold medalist, haven't put blades to ice competitively this season. The personal best score of Meissner's closest U.S. rival is 20 points lower. And the skater from Bel Air loves the nationals as much as they seem to love her.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Through Saturday, Spokane, Wash., ESPN2; women's final live, Saturday, 4 p.m., chs. 2, 7

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