Kimmie Meissner Wins World Title; Cohen Wins Bronze

March 25 2006 Kimmie Meissner won the ladies World title at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Canada. She shattered her personal best score by landing seven triple jumps, including two triple-triple combinations. Teammate Sasha Cohen won the bronze medal, while Japan’s Fumie Suguri collected silver.

Meissner’s World Title was a surprise. She’d won the silver medal at the 2006 State Farm U.S. Championships and finished sixth at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. In Calgary, she hoped to at least match her Olympic finish and improve upon her skating. Instead, she rocked the house and won the first World title for the United States since Michelle Kwan’s gold in 2003.

Fumie Suguri captured the silver medal, her first since winning back-to-back bronze medals in 2002 and 2003. She landed four clean triples and scored 119.5 in the free skate. Suguri said she is looking forward to next season and the World Championships in Japan.

Olympic silver medalist and U.S. champion Sasha Cohen had a difficult time in her free skate to “Romeo and Juliet.” She opened with three good jump elements – a triple Lutz-double toe, triple flip and triple loop, but her program unraveled from there. None of her final four jump attempts were clean, and she fell on her final triple Salchow. An elegant and lyrical skater, Cohen is consistently frustrated by her inability to win the top medal.

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