Who are Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot?
Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot represent Germany in pairs figure skating, where they are the 2017 World Championships silver medalists. The 2018 Olympics will mark their third season together.
Figure skating beginnings
Savchenko was born January 19, 1984 in Kiev, Soviet Union. She got her start in the sport when she got a pair of skates for her fourth birthday, and spent the rest of the winter with her father (an international weight lifter) on the lake, which was frozen over. She soon enrolled in group lessons and discovered pairs skating at age 13.
Massot was born January 28, 1989 in Caen, France and began skating when he was 7. He made the switch to pairs skating in his late teens.
They both had Olympic and/or Worlds experience with former partners – even representing other countries at one point – but paired up in the spring of 2014 to represent Germany. They sat out the post-Olympic season while Massot got permission from France to represent Germany. Once that was granted in October 2015, they hit the ground running.
Major competitions/ medals
Their first competitive season together, Savchenko and Massot competed in two Challenger Series events, where they won gold each time. They moved onto the German National Championships and picked up a national title. The pair made their debut at the European Championships and claimed silver medals. To close their inaugural season, they stood on the podium with bronze medals at the 2016 World Championships.
The pre-Olympic year saw its ups and downs for Savchenko and Massot. They were undefeated in the early part of the season, winning a Challenger Series event plus both of their Grand Prix assignments, Rostelecom Cup (in Russia) and Trophee France. But that’s where the momentum shifted. The pair qualified for the elite Grand Prix Final, but was forced to withdraw from that event and the German nationals while Savchenko recovered from an injured ankle. Her ankle improved in time to compete at the European Championships, where Savchenko and Massot repeated as silver medalists. They won silver medals at the 2017 Worlds to finish the season.
“We did not want to be compared to Savchenko-Szolkowy. I did not want to be compared to Robin. We wanted to create a new pair on the ice. For now on, it will be "Aliona and Bruno." I think we've made it happen rather nicely.” – Massot on his new partnership with Savchenko
Savchenko competed at the 2002 Olympics for Ukraine with partner Stanislav Morozov and finished in 15th place. She partnered up with Robin Szolkowy and competed with him at three Olympics, under the German flag. In 2006, they finished in sixth, but they won a bronze medal together in 2010 and repeated as bronze medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Together, Savchenko and Szolkowy were five-time world champions.
Massot competed for France with the Russian-born Daria Popova from 2011 to 2014. While they never made the Olympics, they placed 15th at the 2014 World Championships.
Outside the rink
Savchenko married artist Liam Cross in August 2016. She enjoys designing costumes (especially with rhinestones!), reading and music.
Massot spends his free time playing sports like tennis and squash and being with his friends. He likes dancing (even though he says he’s not good at it) and likes the band Muse.
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