Jason Brown delivered.
So did Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner.
The result was the United States kept the maximum three singles spots in both the men’s and women’s events at the World Figure Skating Championships, an accomplishment that takes on more meaning since the 2016 worlds are in Boston.
While the U.S. singles medal droughts stretched to nine seasons for the women (extending an already historic negative streak) and six years for the men, both could chalk up these encouraging numbers:
*Brown, the reigning U.S. champion from Highland Park, finished fourth Saturday evening in Shanghai, highest by a U.S. man since Evan Lysacek’s victory in...