The 15-year-old figure skating phenom that captured the hearts of the Bay Area during her Olympic Games debut last week returned to her San Jose home Monday.
"It's so nice just to be home," Polina said late in an interview with NBC Bay Area. "It's really nice just to take a break from everything."
That break will be a short-lived one. Polina is set to resume classes at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose on Tuesday, but not before she was able to spend time looking back at her experience at the Sochi Games.
"Everybody wants to go out and skate a great program," she said. "So of course I was a little bit nervous, but for the most part I just went out there and skated for myself and tried to show the judges what I could do."
Polina finished ninth overall -- a showing she said will motivate her to get to the next Olympics in Korea in 2018.
"Of course I know anything can happen. Four years is a long time and you can't predict anything in this sport, any sport, because you never know what's going to happen," she said. "But I'm definitely going to be working really hard these next four years building myself up for Korea."
— Polina Edmunds (@PolinaEdmunds) February 25, 2014