SAN JOSE -- Polina Edmunds entered the figure skating season as a relative unknown.

The San Jose teen will end her spectacular season this week on the cusp of stardom when competing in her first World Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Such has been the meteoric rise of the Archbishop Mitty sophomore, who finished ninth at the Sochi Games last month in her first senior international competition.

Now Edmunds, 15, hopes to capitalize on the experience and place even higher, starting with the short program Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. PDT.

"The goal is to show people what I am capable of doing," Edmunds said before leaving on her sixth international trip in the past 11 months.

David Glynn of Sharks Ice San Jose also is feeling confident about the skater he has coached since Edmunds was 4.

"We left Sochi feeling if we can handle the Olympics we're ready for anything," he said. "Her confidence is just through the roof."

In the month since the 2014 Winter Olympics, Edmunds has become a more artistic skater while executing the same superb technical skills that catapulted her to second place at the U.S. national championships this year.

Edmunds also is motivated to bid adieu to her breakthrough programs with a flourish. She first performed her Cha Cha medley and the Norwegian play "Peer Gynt" two years ago at the Gardena Spring Trophy in Val Gardena, Italy.


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She will showcase the Cha Cha for the final time in the women's individual short program then perform the "Peer Gynt" routine in the free skate that begins Saturday at 1:15 a.m. PDT.

"With all the competitions this year, I'm not even feeling any nerves, honestly," Edmunds said. "It's just all been a lot, so I'm really prepared."

The skater not only competes at the highest level but attends Mitty, sometimes completing homework in foreign hotel rooms.

USA’s Polina Edmunds, from San Jose, performs in Ladies Free Skating at the Iceberg Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday,
USA's Polina Edmunds, from San Jose, performs in Ladies Free Skating at the Iceberg Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

Since competing in Russia, though, Edmunds acknowledges feeling different.

"Not because I went to the Olympics," she said. "I just feel more comfortable skating with competitors."

Glynn has noticed a new level of maturity in practice for the past month.

"She is really going to own the experience," he said of the World Championships. "I imagine she will take the ice with so much strength."

Edmunds will be joined by Olympic teammates Gracie Gold, fourth in Sochi, and Ashley Wagner, who was seventh.

With the absence of Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova and runner-up Yu-na Kim, the Americans could reach the podium for the first time since 2006.

Although Edmunds is not expected to finish among the top three, placing sixth is possible.

USA’s Polina Edmunds, from San Jose, performs in Ladies Free Skating at the Iceberg Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday,
USA's Polina Edmunds, from San Jose, performs in Ladies Free Skating at the Iceberg Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

The whirlwind of the Olympics didn't stop even as the teen has trained hard for the World Championships. She got to drop the puck at a recent Sharks game where she met NHL star Sydney Crosby. San Jose City Council honored the skater last week.

After the season ends Saturday, Edmunds and her mother Nina Edmunds will begin creating two new programs for next season. Polina also will make her debut with Stars on Ice, performing in a San Jose show May 11.

Edmunds, who turns 16 in May, will travel with the tour for about five weeks but not at the expense of school.

While the future holds so much promise, Edmunds has not forgotten the memories from Sochi. She enjoyed meeting athletes in the Olympic Village and marching in the closing ceremony.

"No one knows what an experience it is unless you've gone through it," Edmunds said.

But, really, this season has just been a savory taste of what could unfold over the next four years.

"I know there are so many new memories to be made," Edmunds said.

They start this week in Japan.

Contact Elliott Almond at 408-920-5865 and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/elliottalmond.

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