American Olympian: Polina Edmunds

A 15-year-old from California is focused on earning a gold medal while representing the United States at the Winter Games in Sochi.

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A 15-year-old from San Jose, California is focused on earning a gold medal while representing the United States at the Winter Games in Sochi. Polina was first put in skates at 20 months old, her mother, Nina Edmunds, said.
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Polina Edmunds' performance at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Boston was described by her coach as charming and nearly flawless. Polina has the rare ability as a figure (skater) to do the most difficult jumps in skating and make them look effortless," said David Glynn, one of Polina's coaches.
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The performance not only netted her a silver medal, but also a roster spot onto the United States three-women Olympic team.
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Polina Edmunds, center, reacts to her scores as her coaches David Glynn, left and Marina Klimova, right, look on during the women's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Boston. All of her coaches said between now and when they leave for Sochi, they'll spend every moment fine tuning her routine.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I just haven't really set into the fact that I'm going to the Olympics yet," Polina said. "I think in a few days it'll start to sink in and I'll be really, really excited."
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Polina, a sophomore at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, will be the youngest Olympian since Tara Lipinski.
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Polina is the third Olympian from Archbishop Mitty, a campus ranked in 2009 by Sports Illustrated as having the top athletic program in California and the third best in the country. Aside from Polina, volleyball star Kerri Walsh and soccer champion Brandi Chastain graduated from Archbishop Mitty. But, unlike Polina, they went to the Olympics after graduating.
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The teen remains laser-focused on preparing for the Olympics, something she has worked for since she was a child.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Of course this is a dream come true and it's very exciting for us," said Edmunds mother, a former skater and one of Polina's three coaches.
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Polina Edmunds competes during the women's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
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Edmunds has a balance of American and Russian coaching. Her choreographer is Marina Klimova, a three-time Olympic ice dancing medalist from Russia who won the gold medal for the Unified Team with Sergei Ponomarenko in 1992.
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A year ago, Edmunds was the junior national champion, and her leap to the Olympic Winter Games this year marks the first time in 50 years that a women’s junior national champion made the U.S. Olympic Team the following year.
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