Polina Edmunds (born May 18, 1998) is an American figure skater. She is the 2014 U.S. national silver medalist and skated for the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Early Life Edit

Edmunds first stepped on the ice at 20 months old. By the age of four, she was already taking ballet and private skating lessons. She trains and practices mainly at her home rink, Sharks Ice at San Jose. Her current coaches are David Glynn, her mother Nina Edmunds, and also receives additional coach from Frank Carroll.

At the junior level, Edmunds placed seventh in 2011 and sixth in 2012 at the U.S. National Championships.

In the 2012–13 season, Edmunds won the U.S. national junior title at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Having received no ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments, Edmunds' only remaining opportunity to get on the ISU's Season's Best or World Standing lists—and thus, have a chance of a senior Grand Prix assignment in the following season (2014)—was the 2013 World Junior Championships. U.S. Figure Skating decided not to give her one of the three ladies' spots to World Juniors and instead sent her to the 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy, where she won the junior gold medal. It did not count for either list.

In 2013–14, Edmunds was sent to Mexico City for her first Junior Grand Prix assignment. She placed first in the short program and freeskate and won the gold medal. At her next JGP event in Belarus, Edmunds received another gold medal after placing second in the short and first in the free. At the Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan, she had trouble in the short program, placing fifth, but was second in the free skate and finished fourth overall.

At the 2014 U.S. National Championships, which was Edmunds' senior debut, she placed second in both programs. She won the silver medal, and was chosen for the Olympics the following month.

2014 Sochi Olympics and 2014 World Championships Edit

During the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Edmunds was one of the three ladies chosen to be on the USA Team, inclucing Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner.Making her senior international debut, she finished ninth at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A month later, Edmunds competed at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. She finished eighth overall after placing 12th in the short program and fifth in the free skate.

Personal Life Edit

Polina Edmunds' mother, Nina, is a figure skating coach originally from Tver, Russia, and her father, John Edmunds, is CFO of a computer software company. She has two brothers—James, who is two years older, and Daniel, four years younger—both of whom play hockey. She is a student at Archbishop Mitty High School. She began taking ballet and jazz lessons at Dance Theatre International in Evergreen, San Jose when she was eight.

Competitive HighlightsEdit

2012–present Edit

Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
2014 Winter Olympics 9th
World Championships 8th
GP Cup of China 4th
CS U.S. Classic 1st
International: Junior
JGP Final 4th
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Mexico 1st
Gardena 1st J.
U.S. Championships 1st J. 2nd 3rd
Pacific Coast Sect. 1st J.
Central Pacific Reg. 1st J.
J. = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

2007–2012 Edit

Event 2007-08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
U.S. Championships 6th N. 7th J. 6th J.
U.S. Junior Championships 11th I. QR
Pacific Coast Sectionals 4th N. 3rd J. 3rd J.
Central Pacific Regionals 11th Jv. 3rd I. 1st N. 2nd J. 2nd J.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile, I. Intermediate, N. = Novice, J. = Junior
QR = Qualifying round
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