This past weekend Kimmie Meissner took to the ice for a University of Delaware exhibition performance. This event marked the first time she was back on UD ice since leaving to train in Florida with Richard Callaghan and Todd Eldredge.
Ron Ludington, director of the University of Delaware figure skating program, mentioned she was still shaky on some of her jumps. She fell on a triple in her program set to John Lennon's "Imagine" and fell again on a triple in the final group number.
Despite the shaky performance the crowd still rallied behind her, showing her that she is always welcome in Newark. It is still uncertain if she will return to UD or choose to train elsewhere (possibly full time with Callaghan).
Meissner will use these final days to prepare for the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden. The stakes have never been higher for U.S. ladies figure skating as we have the opportunity to send one of our most talented field of ladies to the 2009 World Championships in Los Angeles if we can qualify them to the event. That will require the top two U.S. ladies to have a combined placement score of no less than 13 in Sweden...a 'possible' tall order considering the ladies that will be competing in Sweden. I use the word possible because Kimmie in the past would be more than capable of delivering, there is just the aura of uncertainty surrounding her skating right now.