When Polina Edmunds left the ice after making a dazzling debut at the Winter Olympics, the 15-year-old American held two stuffed animals she said are good luck charms as she waited for her score.
It turns out lady luck was on Edmunds’ side. After a routine showcasing speed and incredible spins, the San Jose, Calif., teen earned a score of 61.04, a personal best.
“In my bag I have a lot of things, but most importantly I have two good luck toys — one of them is a little lion from my high school, Archbishop Mitty High School,” Edmunds told reporters after she skated, according to Yahoo Sports.
“They gave that to me for good luck. The other toy in my bag is a little elephant, which is from my skating rink’s synchronized team,” she said. “Their mascot is an elephant. They always say ‘trunks up’ for good luck.”
Edmunds was knocked off the top spot by defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea. However, she remains in reach of a medal going into the free skate on Thursday.
It’s a safe bet that her good luck charms will be by her side again as she vies for a medal.