Figure skating: American Gracie Gold leads after short program at worlds
Boston • A long program yet to come, Gracie Gold feels confident enough to declare that perhaps it's time for the first world title by an American woman in a decade.
"We're only halfway through, but I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel that maybe the drought is ending, which would be amazing," Gold said after taking the lead in Thursday's short program.
No U.S. woman has even finished on the podium since Kimmie Meissner took gold and Sasha Cohen bronze in 2006. But at a home world championships, the Americans now have a chance at two medals with Ashley Wagner in fourth.
Gold scored 76.43 points, followed by Russian teens Anna Pogorilaya (73.98) and Evgenia Medvedeva (73.76) and Wagner (73.16).