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ist, to Captain Blood, as well as the “Eleanor Rig- by” program for Johnson, the fi fth-place fi nisher in Omaha. Michael Weiss, two-time World bronze medalist and three-time U.S. titlist, earned the Gus Lussi Award for bringing positive recog- nition to the sport. Weiss has established and cultivated a foundation in his name to assist up- and-coming skaters with the fi nancial demands of elite-level skating. He hosts an annual celebrity skating show


near his hometown in Fairfax, Va., to raise money for his foundation. “You guys do so much to infl uence us posi-


tively,” he said. He credited Nick Perna, his fi rst coach, and


Audrey Weisiger, his longtime mentor, as instru- mental forces in his success. “We inspire one another and it all starts


from the roots of coaching,” Weiss said. Coaches fi ll their notebooks with fresh ideas More than 600 fi gure skating coaches from


all over the world convened to receive the latest information and training techniques from an elite coaching staff . T e contingent fi lled seminar rooms at the


Hyatt and Edge Arena, a two-surface complex about 20 minutes away from the hotel. “T ere’s a real spirit of commitment here,”


PSA President Angie Riviello said. “Coaches are paying a lot of attention to detail and there’s a feel of building upon a foundation.” Seminar topics included information on


edges, footwork, jumps, spins, ice dance, pairs and synchronized skating. Also addressed were motivation, injury prevention, ethics, nutrition, choreography, program directorship and business management. “It’s great to get all of this information; it


gives me so much incentive and inspiration,” PSA-rated coach Cynthia Tang, from Boise, Ida- ho, said. “It’s so inspiring to see so many commit-


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ted coaches in one place.” Don Laws, who coached 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton and three-time World titlist Patrick Chan, said the annual meeting of the minds is invaluable for the coaches and skaters. “T e solution (for a skater’s success) starts with the coach and this is a place where they get that information,” Laws said. Hamilton added even more sparkle to the


event with his poignant and moving keynote speech. T roughout his story, he stressed how important a role all of his coaches played in his success, especially Laws. “All of you have unbelievable tasks in front


of you,” Hamilton said. “T e contributions you make to these people are paramount and will af- fect their lives, and it’s great that you’re here shar- ing and applying your craft because these skaters depend on you.”


Michael Weiss


OTHER PSA AWARD WINNERS


Honorary Member/Lifetime Achievement Award: Ricky Harris


Pieter Kollen Sport Science Coaching Award: Christy Krall


Jimmy Disbrow Distinguished Offi cial Award: Wendy Enzmann


Sonja Henie Award for female professional: Tanith Belbin


F. Ritter Shumway Award: Ben Wright Betty Berens Award: Darin Hosier Joe Serafi ne National Volunteer of the Year Award: Denise Williamson


Fritz Dietl Award for Arena Excellence: Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall


Hall of Fame Early Infl uences Award: Nathan Walley, Willie Frick, Willy Boeckl Action Photo of the Year: Mark Walentiny


Christine Krall and fellow coach Damon Allen receive the scores of their skater Agnes Zawadzki at the 2013 U.S. Championships.


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