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Meissner, Lysacek claim first place after short programs

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Kimmie Meissner didn't disappoint Thursday night at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The 17-year-old young lady, considered the country's best figure skater, skated her short program and ended the night in first place at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

Her performance was nearly perfect and good enough to top Emily Hughes' score of 62.32. Meissner scored a 65.69.

The surprise of the night was the strong performance of Beatrisa Lang. She scored a 62.66, good enough to for second place, pushing Hughes to third.

The trio head into Saturday's long program hoping to capture the three world championship berths.

Lysacek captures first

Evan Lysacek did it. He skated is first clean short performance in over a year and celebrated by skating a victory lap around the ice on Thursday night. His performance was brilliant, and good enough to knock Johnny Weir off the top spot, something Lysacek hasn't done in three years.

Lysacek scored a 78.99, while Weir scored a 78.14. Ryan Bradley finished in third place at 73.58. The men's long competition is also on Saturday.