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SHANGHAI - The medal drought for American singles skaters at the figure skating world championships grew even longer after a couple of near-misses on Saturday.
Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner narrowly missed out on medals in the women's event Nike Air VaporMax Plus Red Womens , finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Jason Brown finished fourth in the men's event.
It's been nine years since an American woman won a medal at worlds and six years since an American man has been on the podium.
Though they fell just short, Gold and Wagner were pleased with the way they recovered after their spotty performances in the short program to end the season on a positive note.
Gold was second in the free skate Saturday to improve from eighth place to fourth overall, while Wagner jumped from 11th to fifth.
""It's what I kind of hoped to do is skate strong and be tough,"" Gold said. ""Ten out of 10 times you'll land a jump and to miss it when it matters is frustrating.""
The 19-year-old Gold has missed her share of jumps this season. After losing to Wagner to relinquish her US national title in January Nike Air VaporMax Plus Grey Womens , she had one of her worst performances of the season at the Four Continents Championships, failing to medal at an event she was expected to easily win.
Her season had started off promisingly enough with her first Grand Prix win at the NHK Trophy in Japan. But a small stress fracture in her foot forced her to pull out of the Grand Prix Finals in December and she has struggled to find her rhythm ever since.
""This year was a little more rough and tumble for me,"" she said. ""I'm used to being at least consistently going up, maybe a little down. Wiping the ice at the Four Continents event and breaking a foot aren't really in my usual plans.""
Wagner described her season similarly - too many ups and downs. The veteran skater earned a career-rejuvenating win at the US Nationals, but she was unhappy with other skates at the Grand Prix Finals and in the short program at worlds.
""Today was a huge accomplishment for me,"" she said. ""It might sound silly because I'm 23 years old Nike Air VaporMax Plus Black Womens , but I'm still learning in this sport. I was a late bloomer. To go out there under such immense pressure, to redeem myself in a way, that's something I'm very proud of.""
Brown, the 20-year-old newly crowned US champion, was competing in his first worlds. He believes he can build on his experience in Shanghai, as well as last year's Sochi Olympics Nike Air VaporMax Plus Burgundy Womens , to get ready for the next worlds, which are on home soil in Boston in 2016.
""I couldn't be more excited. I am fourth in the world,"" he said. ""I did everything perfectly and I'll take what I learned from there.""
For the other Americans, Polina Edmunds finished eighth in the women's event, and Adam Rippon was eighth and Joshua Farris 11th in the men's.
SHANGHAI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Over 140 items Nike Air VaporMax Plus Blue Womens , including 83 antiques and about 60 replicas, are on exhibition in the Shanghai Lu Xun museum, showing the late literary master's friendship with over 100 foreigners.
Lu Xun is the pen name of Zhou Shuren (1881-1936). His works, including "The True Story of Ah Q" and "A Madman's Diary," put him the league of leading Chinese writers that ushered Chinese literature into the modern era.
During his stay in Shanghai from 1927 to 1936, the writer maintained close contact with many foreign people Nike Air VaporMax Plus White Womens , including American journalist Edgar Snow, Japanese social activist Uchiyama Kanzo and Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.
The items on display, including items with Lu Xun's handwriting and many precious photos, showcases the writer's effort to encourage communication between China and other countries through art and literature.
The exhibition started last week and will last until November 20.
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BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese decision-makers may breathe a sigh of relief as more macro indicators suggest the economy is recovering stronger than market expectations, despite concerns that an unprecedented anti-corruption drive has weighed on growth.
Both the official and HSBC manufacturing purchasing manager's index (PMI)- a key measure of factory activity in China - reports for July showed signs of positive recovery.
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