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Meissner Makes Coaching Change

After several months of sub par results, 2006 World champion Kimmie Meissner has changed coaches. She is now training with Richard Callaghan.

Meissner had trained with Pam Gregory for nearly a decade. "Basically I started with her when I was a novice," Meissner told IFS in an interview last November.

At the time, Meissner said the two worked well together. "I like the way she teaches the jumps and technique. It really hits home with me. I think is the way she puts it things to me. We just click," the 18-year-old skater said. "My personality is pretty laid back. [Our skater-coach relationship] has just been able to work for a long time. That is not to say that we haven’t had our moments that things don’t work well. Sometimes you just have to push them through them.”

Meissner won gold at this year’s Skate America in Reading, Pa. She followed with a silver medal at Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris and a sixth-place finish at the Grand Prix Final in Torino, Italy.

After a seventh-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minn., Meissner decided a coaching change was necessary.

“I know I’m capable of making the podium at Worlds; that’s my main goal right now,” said Meissner, the 2007 U.S. champion.

Callaghan is perhaps best known for coaching Todd Eldredge, a six-time U.S. champion and the 1996 World champion, and 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski.

Eldredge will also assist Meissner in her training for the upcoming World Championships. Callaghan has also worked with 2004 World champion Shizuka Arakawa, and 1995 U.S. champion Nicole Bobek.

“I’m just really trying to put all my focus and energy into training for Worlds,” Meissner said. “I’m grateful to Pam Gregory for everything she has done, but I needed to make some changes in order to regain my focus and confidence.”