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Kimmie's the favorite, but that doesn't make it easy

Updated: January 22, 2007, 1:52 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

Kimmie Meissner's favorite school subject has been anatomy. Over the summer, she told a group of reporters about how excited she was to dissect a cat.

She didn't pass out from the formaldehyde. She didn't shy away from the blood and guts.

Her description was simple, yet unexpected: "It was cool."

Not exactly what you'd expect to come out of the mouth of a teenaged figure skating star. Typically, the sport conjures up images of sequins, makeup and beauty pageants.

But ...

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