A surprise second place finish at nationals in Boston secured high school student Polina Edmunds a spot to compete in Sochi, Russia in February as part of the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team. During a Jan. 27 conference call with reporters, the talented 15-year old skater touched on several topics, including how her friends reacted to news of her Olympic berth, her expectations for the upcoming competition, and her feelings about her new teammates.
Edmunds shared that her friends were "just ecstatic" that she'd made the Olympic team, and that her fellow students at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. were "super stoked" by the news. Although she said that much of her own family would be watching the Winter Games via television, she shared that one particular "close family friend" and her mother would be making the trip to Russia to see her perform live.
When the conversation turned to preparation for Sochi, Edmunds said she felt "really great" following nationals and that her practices were "running really smoothly" entering the Olympic season. Although she said her programs would remain the same, she predicted improvements in her presentation.
When asked about her personal Olympic expectations, she said "for any competition, anything is possible," but that her primary aim was to "skate two clean programs and show everyone what I can do." She offered up high praise for her teammates, who she likened to "one big family" and said she appreciated being part of a group that's "so elite and so fun at the same time."
Figure skating competition at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi begins Feb. 6 with the first portion of the all-new team competition.