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Polina Edmunds - Four Continents Figure Skating Champion 2015

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Four Continents Figure Skating Champion:


Polina Edmunds is the 2015 Four Continents Champion. She also is the 2014 U.S. National Figure Skating silver medalist, the 2015 US National Figure Skating Pewter Medalist, and the 2014 US Figure Skating Classic Champion. 

2014 Olympian:


With other figure skaters from the United States, Edmunds competed in the Winter Olympics Games which took place in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

  She placed 9th at the 2015 Olympics and then finished in 8th place at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships.

Date of Birth:


May 18, 1998

Place of Birth:


Edmunds was born in Santa Clara, California.

Family:

  • Mother:  Nina (From Russia and is a skating coach)
  • Father:  John Edmunds (Chief financial officer of computer software company - was a hockey player)
  • Two Brothers:  James and Daniel (older and younger - ice hockey players)

Early Skating:


Polina began ice skating almost as soon as she could walk, just before she was two years old.  Her mother was her first coach and continues to coach her part-time.  She began formal ice skating lessons when she was about four years old.  She also began ballet and dance lessons at a very young age. 

Edmunds showed considerable promise and won or placed in several competitions,  She first qualified and competed at the US Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2009 at the Intermediate Ladies level, and then "made nationals" at the Novice and Junior levels in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

 

In 2010, she was featured in an article in the New York Times since, at the age of eleven, she was the youngest skater competing in the novice ladies division at the US National Figure Skating Championships.  She then again came into the competition limelight in 2013 when she won the Junior Ladies title at regionals, sectionals, and at the US National Figure Skating Championships.

2014 - A Surprise Olympian:


Polina Edmunds was not expected to "make" the 2014 US Olympic Figure Skating Team since 2014 was her first year as a senior ladies competitor, but her performance at the 2014 US National Figure Skating Championships was so outstanding that she jumped right to the top and won the silver medal.  She placed second in both the short program and free skate portions of that competition.  Shortly after she earned the US ladies national silver medal, it was announced that she would compete in SochiAt fifteen, she was the youngest U.S. competitor at the Sochi Olympics. 

Coaches:


In addition to being coached by her mother, Nina Edmunds, Polina is coached by her longtime coach David Glynn.  Also, for a brief period, she also worked with Frank Carroll, the coach of 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Evan Lysacek

Education:


Edmunds attends Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California

Competition Highlights:

  • Four Continents Figure Skating Champion 2015
  • Pewter Medalist U.S. National Figure Skating Championship 2015
  • U.S International Figure Skating Classic Champion 2014
  • 8th Place - 2014 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 9th Place 2014 Winter Olympic Games
  • Silver Medalist U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2014
  • US National Junior Ladies Figure Skating Champion 2013
  • Pacific Coast Junior Ladies Champion 2013
  • Central Pacific Junior Ladies Champion 2013

Hobbies and Interests:


Polina Edmunds enjoys baking and plays the piano.  She is also very committed to her ballet, jazz, and tap lessons.

Hopes and Dreams:


Like many figure skaters, Polina Edmunds hoped to represent the United States at the Winter Olympic Games.  That hope became a reality when she competed in the ladies individual event in Sochi, Russia in 2014.  Winning the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating title means that Polina Edmunds could possibly qualify and medal at another Olympics.

“My biggest dream would be to go to the Olympics and win."  - Polina Edmunds
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