The March 31 ladies' short program round of the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston proved a magical one for Team USA, as all three entrants skated well enough to place in the top 10. It was an especially successful day for reigning national champion Gracie Gold, who topped the talent-laden field with a gorgeous, personal best skate and stands primed to end the nation's 10-year world medal drought in women's singles.

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Gracie Gold is tops

Gold, 20, skated as part of the final group and posted a 76.43 to win the short program. A pair of Russian ladies, European championships bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya (73.98) and reigning Grand Prix Final champion Evgenia Medvedeva (73.76), sit in silver and bronze medal position entering the free skate. On the cusp of earning a spot on the podium is former US national champ Ashley Wagner, who turned in a personal best skate of her own to post a fourth place worthy mark of 73.16.

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The third and final member of the US contingent, reigning Four Continents silver medalist Mirai Nagasu, ranked 10th. Nagasu's performance was especially impressive, given that she had just two weeks to prepare for the competition after national silver medalist Polina Edmunds withdrew due to injury.

During a post-competition press conference, Gold expressed optimism about her chances when she told reporters that she could "kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel." If she hangs on to take the gold, she will be the first American woman since 2006 World Champion Kimmie Meissner to take top honors.

World Figure Skating Championships 2016 results: After the short

The top 10 performers during the short program include:

  • 1. Gracie Gold, USA, 76.43
  • 2. Anna Pogorilaya, Russia, 73.98
  • 3. Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia, 73.76
  • 4. Ashley Wagner, USA, 73.16
  • 5. Elena Radionova, Russia, 71.70
  • 6. Satoko Miyahara, Japan, 70.72
  • 7. Rika Hongo, Japan, 69.89
  • 8. Gabrielle Daleman, Canada, 67.38
  • 9. Mao Asada, Japan, 65.87
  • 10. Mirai Nagasu, USA, 65.74

The ladies' free skate at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships is scheduled for April 2 at 7 PM Eastern.

Will Gracie Gold bring home the gold? Could Ashley Wagner surge to the top? Follow the action to find out.

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