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2008-09 Grand Prix Season Promises Excitement

The International Skating Union has announced the Grand Prix of Figure Skating events and assignments for the upcoming season.

The 2008-09 season will kick off in Everett, WA. with Skate America (Oct. 23-26). The women's line-up for this event is the strongest in memory and no doubt it will be a showdown for three of America's finest. Kimmie Meissner, 2006 World champion, Rachel Flatt, 2008 World Junior champion and Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion are all assigned to this event.

Ottawa, ON. will host the second event, Skate Canada (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) and Beijing, the third stop in the Series, will once again be home to Cup of China (Nov. 6-9).

Skate Canada will be the first event for reigning World champion Jeffrey Buttle while golden girl Mao Asada will commence her season at Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris (Nov. 13-16).

Brian Joubert, the 2007 World champion has been assigned to the French Grand Prix event and will then test the waters at Cup of Russia, which will take place in Moscow (Nov. 20-23).

The final event of the Series, NHK Trophy, will take place in Tokyo, Japan (Nov. 27-30).

The 2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will combine both senior and junior ranks this season for the first time. Seoul, South Korea will host the event Dec. 10-14.