BOSTON -- Gracie Gold's near-flawless short program put her in the lead at the World Figure Skating Championships Thursday.
She seeks to become the first American woman to win a world championship in a decade.
Gold, a one-time Springfield resident and Glenwood High School student, scored a 76.43, holding a fairly comfortable lead after the short program.
Russians Anna Pogorilaya (73.98) and Evgenia Medvedeva (73.76), along with USA's Ashley Wagner (73.16) follow in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively.
No U.S. woman has even finished on the podium since Kimmie Meissner took gold and Sasha Cohen bronze in 2006.