I'm not sure what you were doing at age 15. But you probably were not sitting in a kiss and cry booth in Russia, watching your name go to the top of the leader list on the Olympic scoreboard, with the announcer saying you stood "first" among all competitors.
Bay Area Olympian Polina Edmunds introduces herself to the world
And she made a swell first impression.
"Are you Polina?" asked Joe Pavelski.
Edmunds introduced herself to the world figure skating stage here at the Winter Games.
"I want to enjoy all of this," she said after coming off the ice. "Because no matter what happens, you're still at the Olympics. The only thing I can do is skate a clean program and see what happens."
But when the evening ended, Edmunds was in seventh place, facing Thursday night's long 2015 Nike Air Max Mens Black
Swell? I know. It's not an adequate word. Edmunds is just 15 years old, for heaven's sake. Yet she glided onto the ice to begin her short program at the Olympics the Olympics! as calmly as if she were walking into her sophomore math class at Archbishop Mitty High.
As a reminder to remember that reminder, though, she brought along some friends from San Jose in her equipment bag to the Iceberg Skating Palace. The bag was alongside the ice as she skated. Inside were a miniature Mitty High Monarch mascot, a stuffed lion and a stuffed elephant from her Peninsula Skating Club teammates.
So there were no nerves at all? Maybe a few at the very start of her program, Edmunds said.
scores came up good golly, Miss Poli.
"Yeah, I'm Polina," she said.
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When her cha cha music began, Edmunds showed no twitch of tenseness. She immediately landed a combination triple jump, bam, bam, and was off.
SOCHI, Russia Polina Edmunds had a feeling it would be a good day. While she ate lunch at the Olympic Village, someone stopped by her table.
With her long legs and long arms, Edmunds looked a little bit like Bambi out there, running through the required elements of the program. However, she hit every mark on her jumps. Her choreography had "a few bobbles," as she would say later. But when her Mens Nike Air Max 2015 Blue
Seventh place is a remarkable spot for Edmunds, considering that just a few months ago, she was totally off the radar of the globe's figure skating experts. national championships to earn her Olympic invitation.
"But it's not really that different than skating somewhere else," she said. "It's cool to see the Olympic rings and everything. But I try to remind myself that ice is ice."
Edmunds' name did not stay up there long, of course. There were 18 more skaters left to compete. Some of them did better technical stuff. Some had smoother arm movements and "linking footwork," according to the judges' scores.
That was like, you know, pretty cool. Pavelski, the Sharks forward who's playing for the USA hockey team, was the Olympic athlete that Edmunds had most wanted to find and meet. And can you imagine? He actually came by to introduce himself to her instead.
But what happened a few hours later was way, way, way cooler.
program that will decide gold, silver and bronze.
"It's nice to meet you," he said. "Good luck. We're both from San Jose."
It would still be a huge upset if Edmunds wins a medal here. Too many more accomplished names are ahead of her, including two older American skaters, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner. A lot of things would have to break right in the long program or go wrong for others for Edmunds to break onto the podium. That's fine with Air Max Thea Red Black White
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