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Polina Edmunds Happy to Be Home, Inspired to Return to Olympic Games

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    Polina Edmunds, 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." Christie Smith reports (Published Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014)

    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 Edmunds "Outstanding" Performance in Ladies' Figure Skating Short Program

    [BAY] Polina Edmunds "Outstanding" Performance in Ladies' Figure Skating Short Program
    Skating 12th, San Jose's Polina Edmunds took the lead -- at least for a while -- midway through the ladies' short figure skating program. (Published Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014)

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    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."

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