|Country represented||United States|
May 18, 1998 |
Santa Clara, California
|Home town||San Jose, California|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Skating club||Peninsula SC|
|Training locations||San Jose, California|
|ISU personal best scores|
2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
Early years and junior career
Edmunds first stepped onto the ice at twenty months old and was taking lessons in both skating and ballet by age four. She trains at the Sharks Ice rink in San Jose with longtime coaches David Glynn and Nina Edmunds, her mother. In mid-2013, she began receiving additional coaching from Frank Carroll.
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—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 both segments 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.
Edmunds competed on the senior level for the first time at the 2014 U.S. Championships. She placed second in both programs and won the silver medal behind Gracie Gold. On January 12, Edmunds was named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and to the 2014 World Championships. Making her senior international debut, she finished ninth at the Olympics.
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.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
by Edvard Grieg:
|Gardena Spring Trophy||1st J.|
|U.S. Championships||1st J.||2nd|
|Pacific Coast Sectionals||1st J.|
|Central Pacific Regionals||1st J.|
|JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level|
|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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