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USA Today Sports
1/9
Polina Edmunds: Sochi shocker
The U.S. Championship was Edmunds’ first time competing at the senior level. She took second, scoring 193.63, behind fellow Team USA member Gracie Gold who won the event with 211.69. She occasionally works with Gold’s coach, Frank Carroll, for aesthetic lessons.
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2/9
Polina Edmunds: Russian roots
Edmunds’ mother Nina was a skater in Russia, even able to land a few triples. Her grandmother, Irina, cooks tons of Russian food, including soup. Polina said she’s been eating her grandmother’s soup daily since she was two. Irina Skypes with relatives back home in Russian, which Polina also understands.
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3/9
Polina Edmunds: Ice in her veins
Not only can Polina get her nerves under control, according to her choreographer Marina Klimova, but she also grew up a middle child in a family where ice was the priority. Her father, John, played hockey, and so do brothers James, 17, and Daniel, 11, in tribute to their maternal grandfather. And her uncle from Russia took an 18-hour train ride in September to watch her compete, and win, in the Junior Grand Prix in Belarus.
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Polina Edmunds: All-around support
Coach David Glynn has been with Edmunds since she was four years old. A relatively new addition to her team is his mother, who is Polina’s geometry teacher at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA. Other teachers have given her special assignments, recognizing this experience as a teachable moment. “I want her to find someone who speaks Spanish, an athlete, a coach or whoever and interview them,” said Spanish teacher Leslie Zambo.
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Polina Edmunds: Education advocate
Just because she’ll be attending major competition doesn’t mean Edmunds won’t be catching up on three weeks’ worth of missed class. She’s arranged to work remotely, which she has done for past competitions. “Education is very important to my family,” she said. “I'm definitely thankful for all the support I get from school.”
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