January 28, 2014 – The Professional Skaters Association is pleased to announce the winners of the EDI Awards for Best Performance at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
One winner was chosen from each category; Men’s, Ladies, Pairs, and Dance to honor and recognize the outstanding efforts of these skaters. 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 short and free programs at the junior and senior levels for each discipline.
Best Performance Award Winners for the 2014 U.S. Championships in Boston, MA:
Winner – Gracie Gold (Championship Short Program)
Coaches – Frank Carroll, Scott Brown
Choreographer – Lori Nichol
Music – “Piano Concerto” by Edvard Greig
Costume Design – Josiane Lamond
Winner – Jason Brown (Championship Free Skating Program)
Coach – Kori Ade
Choreographer – Rohene Ward
Music – “Reel Around the Sun” from River Dance by Bill Whelan
Costume Design – Rohene Ward
Winner – Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay (Championship Free Skating)
Coaches – Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora
Choreographer – Jim Peterson
Music – Symphonic Pieces from “Les Misérables” by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Costume Design – Jim Peterson & Dawn Imperatore
Winner - Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Championship Free Dance)
Coaches - Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein, Johnny Johns
Choreographers - Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein
Music – Selections from “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Kirov Theatre Orchestra
Costume Design – Meryl Davis
A formal presentation of these awards will take place during U.S. Figure Skating’s Champs Camp later this year.
The EDI awards are named after the late World and Olympic coach, Edi Scholdan, who died in the 1961 world team plane crash. Scholdan was the first president of the PSA and inspiration for the Education and Dedication International (EDI) Awards.