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Kimmie Meissner
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Meissner at the 2007 Skate America
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Claire Meissner
Country represented United States
Born October 4, 1989 (1989-10-04) (age 30)
Towson, Maryland
Home town Bel Air, Maryland
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Began skating 1996
Retired 2010

Kimberly Claire "Kimmie" Meissner (born October 4, 1989) is an American former competitive figure skater. She is the 2006 World champion, the 2007 Four Continents champion, and the 2007 U.S. national champion. She is the first American and the first woman to simultaneously hold the World, Four Continents, and national titles.

In 2005, Meissner became the second American woman to land the triple Axel jump in national competition. She was a member of the 2006 Olympic team and was the youngest American athlete to compete at those Games. She finished 6th at the Olympics in February 2006 and won the World Championships the following month.

In 2017, Meissner re-enrolled in Towson University to study to become a physician's assistant in the graduating class of 2021, she became engaged to Josh Heyne in October 2018.

Early life and career

Kimberly Meissner, nicknamed "Kimmie", was born in Towson, Maryland, she is the youngest of four children and the only girl. Kimmie Meissner began figure skating at age six after watching her older brothers playing ice hockey. She landed her first triple, a salchow jump, six years later.

Meissner was a full-time student at Fallston High School, a public high school and graduated from there in May 2007. She entered the University of Delaware as a part-time student in the fall semester of that year. Until February 2008, she lived in Maryland with her family, and lived at home while attending college. Following her coaching change after the 2008 U.S. Championships, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In the 1999–2000 season, Meissner qualified for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships on the juvenile level. The following season, she repeated that placement on the intermediate level.

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