Kimmie Meissner prepared for the worst and got the best.
The former world and national champion from Bel Air suffered through a disastrous season last year that ended with a painful hip injury, and she figured the best she could hope for was a single Grand Prix competition this fall leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Instead, the International Skating Union gave her two: the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on Oct. 15-18 and the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan, on Nov. 5-8.
"I wasn't really paying attention. I was, like, 'I'm not going to worry about it. I'm just going to do what I can do,' " she said Friday during a break from practice at Ice World in Abingdon. "Then all of the sudden, I had two of them. I was just so shocked and just like so happy."
She competed in Moscow last season and finished eighth out of 10 women. Japan, too, is familiar turf; she had a fifth-place finish at the 2005 NHK Trophy in Osaka and took fourth at the 2007 world championships in Tokyo.
"I love going to Japan. You get treated like a rock star when you're there," Meissner said. "All the skaters want to skate even better because it's in front of a Japanese audience and they know what they're looking at."
Her short program is a revamped version of Un Ange Passe, the music she used last season. Her long program will be skated to Romeo and Juliet.
Before she can set her sights on the Grand Prix season, however, Meiss- ner and coaches Richard Callaghan and Todd Eldredge will test her new material at regional events, most likely at the Liberty Figure Skating Club of Philadelphia's competition, July 17 and 18, or Skate Detroit, July 21-25.
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