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Unlike other 'shock' stars, Meissner here for long haul

Updated: March 31, 2006, 12:02 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- A little more than a year ago, Scott Hamilton invited a young up-and-coming skater named Kimmie Meissner to perform in one of his charity shows to benefit cancer research.

During one rehearsal, Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist, bellowed, "Now presenting ... Kimmie Meissner!"

"It was kind of funny," Meissner said shortly afterward. "I'm just Kimmie."

Not anymore.

Just Kimmie is now Kimmie Meissner, world figure skating champion.

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