By John Thomas Hanley
Archbishop Mitty High School senior Polina Edmunds had a very busy January. While most of her schoolmates were occupied with projects and papers, Edmunds was competing in Ladies Division at the US Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. Polina, who bust onto the international skating scene in 2014 by earning a spot on the United States Winter Olympic team, raised her profile even higher with an outstanding showing.
She skated her way into the lead after a flawless short program, then put in another clean performance two days later during her free skate, finishing with an amazing score 207.51. Only a lifetime-best showing by eventual winner Gracie Gold denied Edmunds the title. Her runner-up finish earned the 17-year old San Jose native her second silver medal in the last three years. More importantly, it demonstrated both her competitive nature and growing maturity at the highest level of her sport.
Polina will join Gold and bronze medalist Ashley Wagner in Boston later in March to represent the USA at the World Championships, and if last month was any indication, don’t be surprised to be hearing a lot more from her in the months and years to come.