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"Of Course I Wish That I Had Landed It" - Polina Edmunds

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 3:16 PM PDT
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Sochi 2014: Polina Edmunds in Ladies Short Program

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds of the United States attend a Team USA press conference during Day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Main Press Center (MPC) on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Now that that the final curtain has closed and the Olympic torch has been put out, San Jose's Polina Edmunds is headed back home, where she'll return to her regular life.

"Flying home with my own row...love these half filled seats," the 15-year-old put out on Instagram early Monday morning, following the close of the Winter Games in Sochi that concluded Sunday night.

Polina did not medal during her Olympic debut, but she did come in 9th, winning the admiration of many judges and countless more fans, who rooted her on in person, by watching her online and on TV, and on social media. 

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"You did amazing," said one poster named Kallistaskater21.
 

In an interview with NBC Sports host Bob Costas with Team USA figure skaters Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner sitting by her side, Polina said she was very proud overall of her Olympic skating.

But she did address a fall during the ladies free skate during an attempted triple flip, where she landed on her bottom, but then quickly got up - with a smile on her face - and finished with her personal best score of 122.21.

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"Of course I wish that I landed it," Polina told Costas. "It was a disappointment that I didn't nail that jump like I wanted to. But it's over now and I just look forward to nailing it at Worlds."

Polina's school is not giving her an official welcome home party, according to Mitty spokeswoman Kate Caputo, as her per her and her parents' wishes to return to a normal life.

That life includes getting back to homework , training at the Sharks Ice Center in San Jose and dancing ballet and jazz at Dance Theatre International on Friday nights.

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