U.S. Teen Figure Skaters to Compete in the Sochi Olympics

Photo courtesy of parade.com

Photo courtesy of parade.com

One of the marquee events of the Winter Olympics is figure skating, both men’s and women’s. It always draws a large viewing audience and close competition according to YahooSports. Included among the team members are a number of teens.

One teen that is going is Nina Lussi. Nina is 19 year old ski jumper and says, “I knew I was ready for Lake Placid’s 90-meter hill,” the then-10-year-old Nina recalled. “I started off ski racing in Lake Placid as kind of a weekend thing. My family is all ski racers during the week; my parents thought it would be a good idea for my younger brother to try jumping. I couldn’t let my younger brother be better than me at something, so I came along,” Nina explained as reported by Parkrecord.

Ashley Wagner, 22, is the current U.S. Champion who, according to many sources,  possibly worked harder than anyone to earn one of three spots for the women’s team for the Olympic Games 2014 games.

“The U.S. ladies team is here to get that third spot back,” to earn at least a bronze medal,  she shared. “It’s almost a personal agenda. I was the person most directly affected last Olympics and I want that third spot back. We’ve been trying for too long to get it back,” she stated according to justjaredjr.

Christina Gao, age 19, despite having a full course load at Harvard University, had time to train and skate in the U.S. Championships (she placed 5th) and the 2013 Four Continents in Osaka, Japan. There, she finished 4th, and was the highest ranking American at the event ahead of teammates Gracie Gold and Agnes Zawadzki

A Bay Area figure skater will represent the United States at the Winter Games in Sochi.

Polina Edmunds was named to the three women Sochi U.S. team on Sunday.

The 15-year-old from San Jose won the silver medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals in Boston on January 11th. Gracie Gold won first place according to nbcbaybread.

“My results were very good and very fair, and I think that I’m really happy that i did it,” Edmunds said. “And it’s an Olympic year, and I’m just really excited to see what happens.”  Edmunds was only 20 months old when she put on her first pair of ice skates, according to The Team USA website.

“It was the first step she made in her journey to the Olympic Winter Games, which will be achieved next month in Russia, fittingly where her mother, Nina, got her start in skating,” reported the website.

“The two will be at the Winter Games together since Nina is one of Polina’s coaches. And it will be quite a homecoming for the Edmunds family when Polina competes in Sochi. Polina, now 15, was the surprise silver medalist at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships this past week in Boston, which helped her earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team,” the website added.

“My mom’s brother and her uncle live in Tver,” said Polina of the Russian town located about 100 miles northwest of Moscow where Nina also grew up. “I’m sure they are very excited. They’re probably contacting my mom right now,” Edmunds added in interview.