SAN JOSE (KCBS) — After earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for next month’s Winter Games in Sochi, figure skater Polina Edmunds received a thunderous sendoff at her school in San Jose Friday morning.
The entire student body, teachers and other supporters crammed into the gymnasium at Archbishop Mitty High School to wish the 15-year-old well as she joins the Olympic figure skating team to compete in Russia.
Among the honored guests who attended the assembly were Olympic Gold Medalists Kerry Walsh-Jennings and Brandi Chastain—both Mitty graduates.
“Be fearless. Go out on that ice and skate your heart out and be who you are know that you have all of here supporting you, here at home—and we’re really proud of you. So congratulations,” Chastain, who won two Olympic gold medals and one silver, told her in front of the energetic crowd.
Polina appeared awed by the ceremony and the outpouring of support “When I was named to the team, I was really excited but it didn’t really set in yet. So when I came home and I came to Mitty, I was just so excited and everyone was just so enthusiastic and that made me excited,” she said.
“Thank you for everything and continue to cheer for me because I love it,” Polina said.