[spoiler alert, for those who have not yet watched Worlds 2013, or the preceding 5 years]
It was a dark day at Worlds 2008 when three US ladies failed to finish in the combined 13th spot (you know what I mean) and lost the right to send three US ladies to the upcoming Olympics, and next Worlds. Kimmie Meissner (7th), Beatrisa Liang (10th), and Ashley Wagner (16th) dropped the torch, ushering in the Dark Age of US Ladies skating. With their top finisher at 7th, there was no way to get under the 13 wire.
At Worlds 2009, Flatt (5th: respectable) and Czisny (11th: my turn to bomb) continued the dry spell.
At Worlds 2010, Nagasu (7th: impossible to make 13 when your best is 7th) and Flatt (9th: flat) could not get the ball bouncing.
At Worlds 2011, Czisny (5th: respectable) and Flatt (12th: my turn to bomb worse than your bomb) could not light the fuse.
At Worlds 2012, Wagner (4th: nicely done) and Czisny (22nd: my bomb will never be surpassed!!) missed the mark.
And then, at Worlds 2013, with the Olympics coming around the corner, chanting "3 spots! 3 spots!," the new dawn of US Ladies' skating, veteran Ashley Wagner (5th: respectable) and the child of destiny, Gracie Gold (6th: not bad for a rookie) shattered the curse and gained 3 spots at the Olympics and Worlds for the next team of US Ladies!
Can I get an Amen? Can I get an Amen?
Well done, Ashley and Gracie! May the US Ladies always hang on to three spots! And while we have them, lets sweep the podium like in 1991 Yamaguchi (1), Harding (2), Kerrigan (3).