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PSA announces best performances at U.S. Champs

Mirai Nagasu was honored for her short program at the 2010 U.S. Championships.
Mirai Nagasu was honored for her short program at the 2010 U.S. Championships. (Michelle Harvath)


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(02/01/2010) - Rochester, Minn. -- The Professional Skaters Association is proud to announce the winners of the Edi Award for Best Performances at the recent 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.

The "EDI's" symbolize Education and Dedication and are a tribute to Edi Scholdan, a World and Olympic Coach, and former president of the Professional Skaters Association who perished along with the rest of the U.S. World team in the crash of the Sabena Airlines plane in Brussels, Belgium, on February 15, 1961.

The awards were voted on by a special committee of the PSA who observed every performance of all Junior and Senior level skaters at the Championships. One skater or team in each discipline -- men's, ladies, pairs and dance -- were chosen based on their "total performance" with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style and technique.

Best Female Performance -- Mirai Nagasu - Senior Ladies Short Program
Coach: Frank Carroll
Choreographer: Lori Nichol
Music: "He's a Pirate" by David Garrett

Best Male Performance -- Jeremy Abbott - Senior Men's Short Program
Coached by Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen
Choreography by Shae-Lynn Bourne
Music: The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" performed by Jeff Beck

Best Pair Performance -- Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett - Senior Pairs Freeskate
Coaches: Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnson, Alison Smith
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
Music: "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Best Dance Performance - Meryl Davis and Charlie White - Free Dance
Coaches: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zoueva, Johnny Johns, Adrienne Lenda
Choreographer: Igor Shpilband, Marina Zoueva
Music: "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber from the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack