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    Kimmie Meissner - what is she doing now?

    I hope no one slams me for asking this but is she officially retired? If so, what a shame. Not because she was so enigmatic but just because she never got to "bow out" but rather circumstances just sort of ganged up on her...

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    Kimmie hasn't made any official retirement announcment, but she has no current plans to return, and likely never will. She's focusing on college, occasionally doing a bit of show skating, and living a normal life.

    Her career ended on a low note, but it's nothing to be ashamed of. The girl can always call herself an Olympian and World Champion. Not shabby at all.

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    Good point. At the end of the day she did make great accomplishment.

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    I saw her on one of the NBC pro shows awhile back. I think it was Salute to the Golden Age but it might have been another one.

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    I think it's safe to say Kimmie has bowed out of the sport.

    She has nothing to be ashamed off. World Champ, National Champ, and 6th at an Olympics is nothing to shake a stick at.

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    I was wondering about the girl too. We need to watch when Skaters hurt themselves.

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    It seems like EVERY MONTH someone posts a thread asking what happened to Meissner. Seriously, probably about the 6th one I've seen so far this season The answer should be stickied or something.

    RockTheTassel's post sums it up, really. Done. Finished. Over. Next.

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    Until she announces her retirement, I'll always believe she'll come back

    Cautionary note: this comes from someone who still believes Kwan will be Olympic Champ

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    Here's a new local (Harford County, Maryland) article on Meissner: http://www.exploreharford.com/sports...meet-her-fans/
    Kimmie was wearing a supportive boot and trying to stay off her foot, which was healing from a stress fracture.

    “I just try to stay off it, which is hard for me,” Kimmie said.

    The injury is preventing her from skating for the time being. Despite the setbacks, Kimmie remains positive.

    “I’m like always injured,” she said with a laugh.

    Kimmie said she skates in shows across the United States and is hoping to be well enough to participate in a show in New Jersey next month.

    She also hopes competitive skating is not a thing of the past for her.

    “I’m thinking about competing again,” Kimmie said. “I have to come back smart.”

    She said it’s been about two or three years since she’s competed.

    “I miss it a lot,” Kimmie said. “If I don’t compete, I’m definitely going to do shows.”
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    She’s a sophomore at the University of Delaware, commuting to the college three days a week to attend classes.
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    She is pursuing a major in exercise science with the long-term goal of being a physical therapist.

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    thanks for sharing.

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    It seems like not announcing your retirement is the norm for a lot of people.

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    Get well Kimmie! Would love to see her at Nationals again, but we'll see how it goes. She needs to do whatever is best for her.
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    It seems strange that she's still injured given that she's barely been skating and not training for elite competition. I mean, I can understand nagging injuries, but wearing a supportive boot? That sounds like the recovery of a pretty major, recent injury. I wonder what's up. Maybe her body is telling her NO MORE! as loudly as possible, but she can't accept it.

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    I'm just glad that Kimmie accomplished so many things. Even though her career was short, it is something great to brag about. She won nationals as a novice, junior and senior; won bronze, silver and gold at seniors; won worlds, Skate America, and Four Continents; almost won junior worlds; and went to the Olympics. Not too shabby. I think everyone's frustration stems from her not being around long enough to defend any of her awards.

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    Count me in as another who is shocked at her decision to still want to compete, given the injuries and everything. Like leafygreens said above, she has quite some hardware already.

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    Not surprised. Most athletes/competitive people tend to be like that- even when their body basically says it's over, they keep entertaining comebacks, etc. We see the phenomenon in several sports.

    She also hopes competitive skating is not a thing of the past for her.

    “I’m thinking about competing again,” Kimmie said. “I have to come back smart.”

    She said it’s been about two or three years since she’s competed.

    “I miss it a lot,” Kimmie said. “If I don’t compete, I’m definitely going to do shows.”
    Hmm. Doesn't sound like someone committed to a "comeback" to me. Sounds more like someone who is simply CONSIDERING coming back, but doesn't know for sure yet (think of Kwan, Cohen, all the countless skaters who kept mentioning it, but other than Cohen's brief effort, comebacks never actually materialized). But from a personal point of view, I can't possibly see how coming back could have any benefit to her. The only real goal left for her to accomplish is an Oly medal, and judging from the talent coming up, I think she has been surpassed and would be hard-pressed to do much better than barely hanging in the top 10 at nationals. But that may be something she is content with- I dunno. I doubt it, though, because you naturally want to reach higher, and for her she has already won the big prizes.

    ETA: also, I'll make an intelligent guess that she was asked IF she was entertaining the thought of a comeback and then responded with the above.
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    I agree with most of everything you wrote RD.

    Quote Originally Posted by RD View Post
    But from a personal point of view, I can't possibly see how coming back could have any benefit to her.....I doubt it, though, because you naturally want to reach higher, and for her she has already won the big prizes.
    But a lot of athletes who make or try to make a comeback just merely miss competing in of itself and the adrenaline they get when they're in the spotlight. Sure, in the back of their minds they might be thinking, "I still have something to prove" or "I'm better than this", but I think no matter what discipline you're in, athletes understand that their careers are short-lived. So if they haven't gotten everything out of their system, just getting out there again when they still might have a chance, could be in a sense, cathartic and beneficial. Of course, it may be that in hindsight, the comeback was more detrimental than beneficial, e.g. Brett Favre and some may argue Jordan.

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    Thanks for posting. It was good to hear an update on Kimmie. She has such a great personality and has done so much to benefit others from her accomplishments.

    I think she's done, but who knows. I would love to see her comeback and do well if she can get healthy. Its tough to leave injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrouFrou View Post
    But a lot of athletes who make or try to make a comeback just merely miss competing in of itself and the adrenaline they get when they're in the spotlight. Sure, in the back of their minds they might be thinking, "I still have something to prove" or "I'm better than this", but I think no matter what discipline you're in, athletes understand that their careers are short-lived. So if they haven't gotten everything out of their system, just getting out there again when they still might have a chance, could be in a sense, cathartic and beneficial. Of course, it may be that in hindsight, the comeback was more detrimental than beneficial, e.g. Brett Favre and some may argue Jordan.
    I suppose you have a point. But for some reason I don't think they'd invest the time, effort and money if they didn't TRULY believe (whether that belief is realistic or not is another story) that they could regain their former glory. Turns out that it's virtually always the case that they are past their prime and become shadows of their former selves. Again, maybe some are content like that, but especially if you've been on top, highly endorsed, etc. there comes a point where the risk starts to outweigh the reward.

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    For someone like Meissner, in ANY potential come-back she tries, she will be compared to her 2006-2007 self (which, arguably, was her peak when she won worlds and Nationals the following year) and it'll likely turn out that she'll never contend again due to better talent at the top. I suppose it could be to her benefit that expectations might be quite low since she did proceed on a downward spiral afterward.

    Honestly though- she's done. It sounds like she is now extremely injury-prone, much like Cohen was in 2005 (and again during 2009). Even if she does try, I think injury will take its toll. Unless she overhauls her training technique to minimize risk (obviously can't eliminate it, but there must be a method to at least help reduce likelihood)

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