Bay Area cheers on San Jose skater competing in Sochi

Bay Area Olympics enthusiasts gathered in San Jose Wednseday to watch local ice skating star Polina Edmunds compete in Sochi.
February 19, 2014 11:40:49 AM PST
Bay Area Olympics fans are enthusiastically following the progress of a young San Jose figure skater in Sochi. Her cheering supporters gathered at the Sharks' ice skating facility in San Jose to watch 15-year-old Polina Edmunds skate beautifully in her first Olympic effort

"The first time I was making program for her, it was when she was 7-years-old," choreographer Marina Klimova said.

Klimova is Edmunds' choreographer and she was watching nervously Wednesday morning.

"My heart was beating so fast," she said. "My hands get so sweaty!"

She was not alone.

"I'm just glad she skated clean," fellow figure skater Anthony Ponomarenko said. "That's all I really wanted for her."

Dozens of young skaters gathered inside Sharks Ice to watch Edmunds' short program. Her bright yellow costume as bright as her rising star; a beacon for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

"Everybody is so excited," Coach Tracy Prussack said. "It's great for the rink, it's great for all the skaters because everybody knows that that's possible if they work hard. So she, you know, gives all the young skaters here a lot of hope."

From Sochi Wednesday morning, Edmunds tweeted some pictures; a selfie declaring it a beautiful day, and then after her performance, she tweeted a thumbs up.

And there were plenty of thumbs up from here cheering section back home too.

"I was really nervous, but I just knew that she would skate clean, I know my Polina," Ponomarenko said.

To find out the results from Edmunds' short program, click here.

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