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Polina Edmunds is fifteen and she’s an Olympian.  The Californian made her senior debut at the 2014 US Nationals with two breakout performances.  She surprised everyone but herself when she won a spot on the Figure Skating Team representing the US in Sochi.

Six months ago the 2012-13 US Junior Champion was skating in the Junior Grand Prix Series. where she captured gold in Mexico City and Belarus and placed fourth at the Final. At the Olympics, she will skate in her first international senior event.

At the US Nationals, Edmunds was the final skater in the Short Program event. The fearless competitor placed second to a standing ovation, skating to a Latin Cha Cha medley.

Afterwards the confident teenager proclaimed, “I wasn’t surprised because my program had the highest difficulty – 3Lz+3T, 3F and 2A”.

Legendary coach, Frank Carroll, noted her talent when he told reporters, “She is the future. She’s like an iron butterfly”.

The high school sophomore skated her Free Program to selections from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg. Marina Klimova former Soviet World and Olympic Ice Dance medalist choreographed both her programs.

Edmunds landed six clean triples and three Level4 spins. The composed teenager smiled and waved when her score and placement were announced. “I’m just very happy with how it turned out. I thought it was a pretty good score,” she told the crowd of reporters.

Her Short Program – 66.75 points, the Free Skate – 126.88 points and the Total – 193.43 points were all personal best scores.

The 15 year-old Edmunds is often compared to Tara Lipinski, mostly because she’s the youngest American to qualify for the Olympics since Lipinski won gold in 1998. That doesn’t bother Polina, who wasn’t even born until a few months after the Nagano Games.

Lipinski calls Edmonds, “feisty”.  Prior to the Free Skate, Edmonds told the skater, turned TV Commentator, “I don’t know if people are ready for me”.

Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA had a wild and raucous send off for their sophomore Olympian. Energetic teens showered Edmunds with well wishes and chants of USA! USA! “This is like really crazy right now,” the smiling figure skater told the assembly. “I’m, like, shaking.  It means a lot to me to have all of you guys supporting me”.

Edmunds isn’t the only Mitty graduate to have competed at the Olympics. Gold medalists Brandi Chastain (soccer) and Kerri Walsh-Jennings (beach volleyball) were in the crowd.

On the podium together, each had words of wisdom for Edmunds. Walsh-Jennings said of the Olympic rink, “It’s your home. Just because it’s this big event, you don’t need to change a thing”.  Chastain added, “Good luck! But more important, be fearless.  Go out and skate your heart out”.

The 5’4” teenager with two hockey playing brothers, a Russian born mother/coach and a supportive father summed it up best: “It’s a huge honor to be representing the US at the Olympics in Sochi.  It’s a dream come true. I just want to skate two clean programs and show everyone what I can do”.


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