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    PSA Announces the Edi Awards for 2013

    Posted March 5th
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    The Professional Skaters Association named their picks for the best programs at US Nationals. One award is given in each discipline. The awards are named in honor of Edi Scholdan, the first president of the PSA , who died in the 1961 plane crash that killed some many US skaters and coaches.

    The award is based on the "total performance" with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style, and technique. Winners were determined by a committee present at nationals that reviewed all long and short programs at the junior and senior levels for each discipline.
    Sometimes the awards are given to skaters that didn't win the gold, in fact, sometimes that come nowhere near the podium. Sometimes a short program is picked; sometimes a long. Sometimes a junior is picked over all the seniors. The PSA members who vote were all at the 2013 US Figure Skating and saw all performances live.

    Without further ado here are this year's awards:

    Perhaps the biggest shocker is in the Ladies.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0k-6-qSo8k

    Best Performance Award Winners for the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, NE:
    Ladies Singles: Winner – Polina Edmunds (Junior Free Skate)
    Coaches – Nina Edmunds & David Glynn
    Choreographer – Marina Klimova
    Music – “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota
    In the other 3 disciplines, the PSA went with the winner of the FS/LP.

    Pairs:
    Best Performance Award Winners for the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, NE:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY1ueehSTHI
    Pair Skating: Winner – Alexa Scimeca & Christopher Knierim (Senior Free Skate)
    Coaches – Dalilah Sappenfield & Larry Ibarra
    Choreographers – Dalilah Sappenfield & Larry Ibarra
    Music – “La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)” by Nicola Piovani

    Men:
    Best Performance Award Winners for the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, NE:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvKgouJCaA
    Men’s Singles: Winner – Max Aaron (Senior Free Skate)
    Coach – Tom Zakrajsek
    Choreographer – Pasquale Camerlengo
    Music – “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein

    Best Performance Award Winners for the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, NE:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv9M4E8eD8s
    Ice Dancing: Winner - Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Senior Free Dance)
    Coaches - Marina Zoueva & Oleg Epstein
    Choreographer - Marina Zoueva
    Music – “Notre-Dame de Paris” by Riccardo Cocciante and Luc Plamondon


    And the Synchro Award
    Best Performance Award Winner for the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Championships in Plymouth, MI:
    Synchronized Skating: Winner – Miami University (Senior Free Skate)
    Coaches – Katie Bowling, & Lee Ann Shoker
    Choreographer – Sarah Kawahara & Carla DeGirolamo
    Music – Music from the 1920’s by various artists
    Video is on IN, but there is this video from Sectionals
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nltHCcoIBoQ

    Would you have picked different performances?

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    For men's, I definitely would've chosen Alexander Johnson's Beatles FS as the winner. Great choreography, musicality, and just a wonderful performance all around.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1AI1fXdiE

    Max Aaron's WSS had the most jumps, but the choreography was about non-existent for large portions of the program when he was killing time waiting for the half-way point and when he was skating around setting up for his jumps. I'd give him the award for the best jumps, but definitely not the best program.
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    Polina Edmunds was an unexpected choice, considering that they could have gone with Gracie Gold's nationals LP.

    But hey! Go Polina!

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    Or they could have gone with Ashley's SP.

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    I thought Polina's program was enchanting. Her dress, the first minute of the program with the choreo reflecting the music beat by beat, etc. Good choice.

    I would not have chosen Max Aaron's program even in the top 10. Don't get that choice!!!!

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