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Handily, Meissner grabs the lead

SPOKANE, Wash. — SPOKANE, Wash. -- It's hard to follow a standing ovation, but last night Kimmie Meissner did just that and grabbed the lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Emily Hughes had just completed a nearly flawless short program that brought the audience of 8,010 to its feet, when Meissner skated onto the ice to warm up and ran into a swarm of small skaters scooping flowers and stuffed animals flung by fans.

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U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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


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