Top Stories: Local Figure Skater Polina Edmunds in the Olympics and World Championships
In the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, there was a local athlete whose performance stood out. Polina Edmunds, an American figure skater, placed seventh in the short program and finished ninth in the long program. This past week, Edmunds finished her season strong with an eighth place finish in the World Championships in Japan.
Edmunds is a 15 year old student at local Archbishop Mitty High School. According to NBC News, Edmunds was introduced to the sport at a young age, beginning her skating career at age 2. Edmunds’s mother has been one of her coaches since the beginning, as she was a skater herself years ago in Russia.
Edmunds trains at the San Jose Sharks Rink, and she is a dedicated fan to the hockey team. Before her senior international competition debut in the Sochi Winter Olympics, she had never skated in serious competition.
Despite her lack of experience on the world stage, Edmunds placed seventh overall in the short program, qualifying her for the long program, in which she placed ninth overall.
Only a short time after the end of the Winter Olympics, Edmunds traveled to Saitama, Japan this past week with the goal of finishing higher than her ninth place finish at the Olympics, according to the Mercury News.
Edmunds made a mistake at the beginning of her short program that placed her in twelfth going into the free skate on Saturday, March 29. However, after a strong performance in the free skate, Edmunds finished eighth overall in the World Championships, meeting her overall goal.