SAN JOSE -- Monarch madness bounced off the walls Friday morning inside Archbishop Mitty High's gymnasium in a rousing send off to the school's newest Olympian -- sophomore sensation Polina Edmunds.

Throughout an hour-long assembly filled with chants, singing, photo snapping and boundless teenage energy, the figure skater sat shyly, grinning in awe of the school's outpouring of love.

"This is like really crazy right now," Edmunds told the assembly. "I'm, like, shaking. It means a lot to me to have all of you guys supporting me and behind me."

Then Edmunds concluded, "Continue to cheer for me."

Before she could finish the student broke into chants of "USA! USA!"

Ella Amir, 7, of Sunnyvale, plays with Polina Edmunds before Edmunds practices at Sharks Ice in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Amir has a
Ella Amir, 7, of Sunnyvale, plays with Polina Edmunds before Edmunds practices at Sharks Ice in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Amir has a sister who is in the same figure skating program at Sharks Ice. Edmunds will compete in figure skating at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) ( Jim Gensheimer )

Edmunds, 15, heads to the Sochi Olympics next week for her first international competition at the senior level. She got a little advice and a lot of inspiration from two of the world's most influential female athletes -- Mitty graduates Brandi Chastain and Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

The soccer star and three-time beach volleyball gold medalist told Edmunds and her fellow students to believe in themselves to reach their potentials.

"She has a good vibe about her," said Walsh-Jennings, who is training to reach her fifth Olympics in 2016. "She's a little girl but she's obviously a warrior."

Chastain, one of the stars of the U.S. women's soccer team in the 1990s, was awed by Edmunds' ability to handle the attention. She gave the skater a U.S. soccer pin from the 1996 Summer Olympics and a scarf designed like an American flag.

"Good luck," Chastain told Edmunds. "But more important, be fearless. Go out and skate your heart out."

On the podium, the 6-foot-4 Walsh-Jennings turned to the 5-41/2 Edmunds, and said of the Olympic rink, "It's your home. Just because it's this big event you don't need to change a thing."

Edmunds is one of three Americans entered in the Ladies' competition Feb. 19-20 at the Iceberg Sports Palace in one of the Winter Olympics' marquee events. She won't know until Wednesday whether she also will skate in the new team competition that helps open the Sochi Games.

"It's another opportunity to medal," Edmunds said of the team event. "I'd be happy either way, but my main focus is the individual competition."

Focus has been the key element for the San Jose teenager since stunning the figure skating world by passing veteran performers to make the Olympic team. She attended another celebration Thursday night at Sharks Ice San Jose with members of her Peninsula Skating Club.

Edmunds is the latest Bay Area star in a club that includes Brian Boitano, Rudy Galindo and Debi Thomas.

But the rabid reception at Mitty was special for the Olympian who likes to blend in at the San Jose campus.

Her parents, John and Nina Edmunds, attended the event with grandmother Irina Tarakanova. Also, sitting in the front row were coach David Glynn and his mother, Linda-Dorian Glynn, who happens to be Polina's geometry teacher.

Glynn initially had concerns about the adulation and attention overwhelming the girl he has coached since age 4. But in the whirlwind three weeks since she placed second at the U.S. championships in Boston, Edmunds has been gracious to media, fans and friends.

She also has trained as hard as ever.

"She is such a professional," Glynn said. The Mitty assembly, army of television cameras and microphones, "actually strengthens her," he added.

Edmunds loves the spotlight, if not being signaled out by her peers. She has been on ice competing for judges for much of her life.

"It's crazy," she said while sandwiched between Chastain and Walsh-Jennings. "I like it."

Edmunds will miss three weeks of school because of the Olympics, but she has arranged with teachers to do schoolwork while in Sochi, something she has done while at other competitions for the past two years.

"It's all going to work out perfectly -- I hope," Edmunds said.

The kid was referring to her classroom assignments.

Edmunds wasn't ignoring schoolwork Friday, either. A half hour after her fellow students had returned to class, the skater was escorted out of the gym by Mitty's athlete director.

When asked if she had to get to class, Edmunds, turned, smiled, and nodded her head yes.

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