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Polina Edmunds Focused on Figure Skating, Not Security Issues

Teen phenom is training in San Jose, but her family is from Russia

By Scott Budman
|  Monday, Jan 20, 2014  |  Updated 7:10 PM PDT
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As the Sochi games draw nearer, security has become a major concern, but for one Bay Area Olympian, the focus is 100 percent on training for the games, and going to Russia will be extra meaningful. Scott Budman reports.

As the Sochi games draw nearer, security has become a major concern, but for one Bay Area Olympian, the focus is 100 percent on training for the games, and going to Russia will be extra meaningful. Scott Budman reports.

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Polina Edmunds, Team USA's youngest figure skater, practices in San Jose ahead of the Sochi Games, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
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As the Sochi games draw nearer, security has become a major concern, but for one Bay Area Olympian, the focus is 100 percent on training for the games, and going to Russia will be extra meaningful.

With less than three weeks to go until the Opening Ceremonies, Polina Edmunds spent Monday perfecting her routines at the San Jose rink where she started skating before she was 2 years old.

RAW VIDEO: Polina Edmunds Practices in San Jose

But, even while she is on the ice, Edmunds is thinking about Russia. She has family there, and security concerns are dominating the conversation leading up to the Olympics.

“To go there for the Olympics is cool,” Edmunds said. “Being Russian, to just experience this back there is just awesome.”

Her choreographer, Marina Klimova, is from there, along with lots of family members. Klimova won Olympics medals for the Soviet Union in ice dancing in 1984, 1988 and 1992.

This year, the U.S. Olympic Team is making sure the athletes spend their time and energy not on security, but on training, and taking it all in.

“Just focus on your training,” Edmunds said. “I don’t think any of us are worried about anything. We’re excited to all go and experience the Olympic Games.”

It is a stark contrast. One part of the Olympics obsessed with security and safety, another making sure the athletes are focused on how they got here.

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“We’re all just really excited and we’re not going to get too concerned about any other things that are going on,” Edmunds said.”

U.S. and Russian sources told NBC News on Monday that as many as four women plan to carry out suicide bombings during the Olympic Games.

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