Less than an hour after stepping off a plane from London, Kimmie Meissner stepped onto the practice ice at the Scandinavium today for her third World Figure Skating Championships competition.
A snowstorm swirling around the west coast of Sweden delayed Meissner's connecting flight for two hours, giving her just minutes to become acquainted with her new surroundings before her first practice.
"I ran into my hotel room, washed my face and put makeup on -- sort of," she said, laughing.
Meissner tried six triple axels, appearing to execute the requisite 3 ½-rotations but having trouble with the landings.
Then the Bel Air teen raised eyebrows and expectations of perhaps good things to come when she landed a clean triple loop-triple loop combination -- a first for her.
Meissner, who lost her world title last year and her U.S. title in January, said the whirlwind entrance made her feel "like I'm still in the air. My legs are still kind of wobbly."
She was all smiles as she left the ice on her way to an ESPN interview.
"I think I look more confident. I feel that way," she said. "I just really want to skate well. That's my one wish."