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    Any Matt Savoie news?

    Matt Savoie (I will defend this cliam against anyone ) was the best U.S. men's skater in the early 2000s, bar none.

    Also to his credit, he carried out his competitive skating career while a full-time college student. He earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in political science from Bradley University in 2002. While continuing training and competing leading up to the 2006 Olympics, Matt earned a master's degree in urban planning at the University of Illinois in 2005, receiving the award for outstanding graduate student from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

    He also served as the skaters representative to the ISU technical committee, starting in 2006.

    After the Olympics Matt entered Cornell Law School (U.S. ice dancer Jamie Silverstein was also a student at Cornell at this time.) I believe, however, that Matt left Cornell without completing his law degree.

    Does anyone know whether Savoie is still involved in skating? Or whether he is working full time in urban planning, or continuing his education? Matt was a true artist on ice, as well as a "gentleman and a scholar."

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    I am curious myself on what he is doing. He was truly an amazing skater. My strongest appreciation for him was his moves into jumps. Rarely in Men's and VERY rarely in Ladies do we see any moves/footworks/tricks into triple jumps any more... Even in this GOE system that rewards such moves. Boy do I miss him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Matt Savoie (I will defend this cliam against anyone ) was the best U.S. men's skater in the early 2000s, bar none.
    I will defend that claim with you! I still haven't seen all of his performances from the early 2000s, but I have seen enough to prefer above most others from the US. If I wasn't already a fan, his "Adagio for Strings" SP would convince me, as would his "Mission" LP.

    I haven't heard any news about him in a while either, I hope he's doing well!

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    I will defend that claim as well, Mathman. I totally agree! Matt Savoie, Ryan Jahnke, and Jeremy Abbott have been/are my favorite American men of the 2000s. They are all known for having difficult, dynamic choreography with impressive transitions. It's a big credit to the amazing Tom Dickson, who choreographed for all 3 of them.

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    Wow, Mathman, I wasn't aware that he had left Cornell! Was there any mention in articles that I missed? That's quite surprising to me since he sounded very insistent about pursuing a Law degree, and that was the major reason for his absence is skating! I really, really miss his skating too, and think he was/is one of the most musical and sophisticated skaters of our era! If he's not in Law school, it'd be absolutely wonderful if he came back to grace us with his presence in competitive skating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Matt Savoie (I will defend this cliam against anyone ) was the best U.S. men's skater in the early 2000s, bar none.

    Also to his credit, he carried out his competitive skating career while a full-time college student. He earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in political science from Bradley University in 2002. While continuing training and competing leading up to the 2006 Olympics, Matt earned a master's degree in urban planning at the University of Illinois in 2005, receiving the award for outstanding graduate student from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

    He also served as the skaters representative to the ISU technical committee, starting in 2006.

    After the Olympics Matt entered Cornell Law School (U.S. ice dancer Jamie Silverstein was also a student at Cornell at this time.) I believe, however, that Matt left Cornell without completing his law degree.

    Does anyone know whether Savoie is still involved in skating? Or whether he is working full time in urban planning, or continuing his education? Matt was a true artist on ice, as well as a "gentleman and a scholar."
    The last time I saw/spoke to Matt Savoie was at An Evening with Champions in Boston last October. He is still skating beautifully. As for school/plans, at the time, Paul Wylie indicated that he had already lined up a job in Boston. Based on comments that he made to me directly, he had no plans to integrate his experience/knowledge gained through his masters degree in urban planning.

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    Matt

    I really enjoyed Matt's skating - especially Adagio and Mission. Wow, he took me on the journey with him and really became the music.

    I recall that he performed at Evening with champions and contacted them about a possible DVD. I got an email back that said that it would take awhile to produce the DVD, but I've heard nothing since.

    Anyone have any info on the DVD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Matt Savoie (I will defend this cliam against anyone ) was the best U.S. men's skater in the early 2000s, bar none.

    Also to his credit, he carried out his competitive skating career while a full-time college student. He earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in political science from Bradley University in 2002. While continuing training and competing leading up to the 2006 Olympics, Matt earned a master's degree in urban planning at the University of Illinois in 2005, receiving the award for outstanding graduate student from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

    Matt was a true artist on ice, as well as a "gentleman and a scholar."
    Quote Originally Posted by TtonyV7 View Post
    My strongest appreciation for him was his moves into jumps. Rarely in Men's and VERY rarely in Ladies do we see any moves/footworks/tricks into triple jumps any more... Even in this GOE system that rewards such moves. Boy do I miss him!
    Quote Originally Posted by lmarie086 View Post
    If I wasn't already a fan, his "Adagio for Strings" SP would convince me, as would his "Mission" LP.
    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Matt Savoie, Ryan Jahnke, and Jeremy Abbott have been/are my favorite American men of the 2000s. They are all known for having difficult, dynamic choreography with impressive transitions. It's a big credit to the amazing Tom Dickson, who choreographed for all 3 of them.
    I can't think of anything to add. You've said it all.

    My hat goes off to Tom Dickson as well. You see him during practices sessions for major competitions, still tweaking and fine tuning his pieces which are already exemplary.

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    WOW. I went back at watched his Olympic's freeskate........ He didn't do elements, he skated a program. What a skater! He is the best skater who has not had any major international achievements.

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    I heart Matt Savoie as well. He was a true artist at heart and so many of his programs were so inspiring. I still remember the chill I felt after his 2002 US Nationals SP and the sadness over his missed Olympic berth that year. If he had skated a later, he would've been very well rewarded by the system as protocol judging becomes less and less prominent compared to before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I believe, however, that Matt left Cornell without completing his law degree.
    No he's still at Cornell, but graduating in a few weeks. Having seen him skate at practice sessions, it is like watching passion on ice. I have never seen anything like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfox View Post
    I can't think of anything to add. You've said it all.

    My hat goes off to Tom Dickson as well. You see him during practices sessions for major competitions, still tweaking and fine tuning his pieces which are already exemplary.
    Same here. He carries such grace on ice Back then I always wondered why judges didn't see what I see Tom Dickson is a true artist. Yuna's 2007 World SP is a masterpiece by him.

    Best wishes to Matt!

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    Thanks for the info, Big Red, and welcome to the forum. Post often, post long!


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    I miss him out there.

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    Savoie - Sighting

    I saw Matt all week at the Staples Center for Worlds. He was wearing a blazer, tie, and khakis, and looked somewhat official with some ISU insignia on a badge of some sort. Maybe he is/was working/volunteering with the ISU?

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