Award subcommitteeThis subcommittee consists of the President of the PSA, Executive Director, National Education Director, selected members of the media, and PSA professionals. Committee members will be present at Nationals and will review every performance at Junior and Senior level, long and short programs.
CriteriaOne winner is chosen from each category in Men’s, Ladies, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating. Selection will be based on performance, not placement and will not necessarily reflect the best technical skater.
Elements ConsideredArtistry, Charisma/Appeal, Balance, Originality ,Drama/Emotion, Music, Costuming, Humor, Showmanship, Quality, Theme, Technical Ability.
Determining the winners
Votes are tabulated by the executive director’s office. The winners are determined by majority vote. Winners are announced and honored in PS Magazine.
2017 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, MO
Best Female Performance
Karen Chen – Championship Ladies Short Program
PSA Coach – Tammy Gambill
Choreographer – Karen Chen
Music Selection – “On Golden Pond” by Dave Grusin
Costume Designer – Lisa McKin
Best Male Performance
Nathan Chen – Championship Men Free Skate Program
PSA Coach – Rafael Arutyunyan
Choreographer - Nadezda Kanaeva
Music Selection – “The Polovtsian Dances” by Aleksandr Borodin
Costume Designers – Ladu Designs: Elena Pollack and Jamie Dollhopf
Best Performance Ice Dance
Madison Chock and Evan Bates - Championship Ice Dance Free Dance Program
PSA Coach – Igor Shpilband
Choreographers – Christopher Dean, Igor Shpilband
Music Selection – “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury
Music Work: Oleg Karpachev, Dmitriy Rubezhov and Igor Shpilband
Costume Designer – Feeling Mathieu Caron
Best Performance Pairs
Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc – Championship Pairs Short Program
PSA Coaches – Darlene and Peter Cain
Choreographer – Serge Onik
Music Selection –“I've Put a Spell on You” by Annie Lennox
Costume Designer - Denyse Frey