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UD’s Kimmie Meissner on ESPY Award ballot

3:58 p.m., June 28, 2006--World champion figure skater Kimmie Meissner of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club is in the running for the title of best breakthrough athlete in the 2006 ESPY Awards to be broadcast at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 16, on the ESPN sports network.

Meissner, who won the 2006 International Skating Union world championship in Calgary after competing at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, is one of four competitors in the category. She is joined by snowboarder Shaun White, professional basketball player Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and professional hockey player Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Meissner's fans can vote for the 16-year-old skater online at [http://espn.go.com/espy2006/].

Meissner trains at the UD Ice Skating Science Development Center under coach Pam Gregory, who recently was named the Professional Skaters Association Coach of the Year.

Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

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