Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot

Macassar88

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Aljona Savchenko (Ukrainian: Олена Валентинівна Савченко, Olena Valentynivna Savčenko; German Romanization: Aljona Sawtschenko, sometimes Aliona Savchenko) and Bruno Massot are pairs skaters representing Germany.

Savchenko was born on 19 January 1984, in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine).

Massot was born on 28 January 1989 in Caen, France.

They are the 2018 Olympic Champions, 2018 World Champions, and 2017/18 GPF winners. They are 2017 world silver and 2016 world bronze medalists. They also won two silver medals at European Championships (2016 and 2017). At a national level, they are two-time German Pairs Champions (2016 and 2018). The team qualified for the 2016-17 Grand Prix Final, but had to withdraw due to Aljona's injury.

Aljona is one of the most decorated pair skaters. Apart from being the 2018 Olympic Champion with Bruno Massot, with Robin Szolkowy, his former partner, she is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist (2010, 2014) and a five-time World Champion.

Aljona and Bruno teamed up in March 2014 following the post-Olympic split of Savchenko/Szolkowy. Robin decided to retire from competitive skating while Aljona wanted to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic Champion. After initial problems with Bruno's releasing by the French Federation (the couple decided to represent Germany), he was finally allowed to represent Germany in October 2015. The couple made their international debut at the 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy where they won the gold medal. In November 2017, Massot received German citizenship, allowing the pair to compete for Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Starting from 2018/2019 season ISU introduced new scoring system, commonly known as "+5 / -5 GOE" which resulted in archiving all the records obtained prior to the 2018/2019 season and defining them as historic. Under historic statistics, Aljona and Bruno are record holders as regards the best FS score (162.86) and the best Total score (245.84). Both results were achieved during the 2018 World Championships.

Following 2017/2018 season Aljona and Bruno decided to sit up the next season and did not make any final declarations as to their future.

Until the end of 2017/18 season they were coached by Alexander König (the 1988 European bronze medalist in Pair Skating with Peggy Schwarz) and Jean-Francois Ballester.

Last updated on 7 November by Mohacz​

ISU Bio
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00035319.htm

Tracings.net
http://www.tracings.net/savc-mass.html

Wikipedia
Aliona - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliona_Savchenko
Bruno - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Massot

Social Media
Aljona's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aljonasavchenko/
Bruno's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bruno_massot/
Official Facebook Fan Page - https://www.facebook.com/Aljona-Savchenko-Bruno-Massot-FanPage-683372398439244/
Announcement of their French youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTgg_wOex9A

Their ISU Personal Bests​

Personal Best Total Score245.84ISU World Championships 2018
Personal Best Score Short Program82.98ISU World Championships 2018
Personal Best Score Free Skating162.86ISU World Championships 2018

PROGRAMS​
2017/2018
SP1: Ameksa - Fuego by Taalbi Brothers, edited by Maxime Rodriguez; choreo by Christopher Dean, John Kerr, Sylvia Fontana, Martin Skotnicky
SP2: "That Man" by Caro Emerald; choreo by John Kerr, Silvia Fontana
FS: "La Terre vue du ciel by Armand Amar, edited by Maxime Rodriguez; choreo by Christopher Dean, John Kerr, Sylvia Fontana, Martin Skotnicky
Ex1: "Up All Night" by Oliver Tank
Ex2: "La Terre vue du ciel by Armand Amar, edited by Maxime Rodriguez

2018 World Championships
XXIII Winter Olympic Games
2017/18 GPF Nagoya, Japan
2017 Skate America
2017 Skate Canada
2017 Nebelhorn Trophy

2016/2017
SP: "That Man" by Caro Emerald; choreo by John Kerr, Silvia Fontana
LP: "Lighthouse" by Patrick Watson; choreo by John Kerr, Silvia Fontana
EX1: "That Man" by Caro Emerald, show version
EX2: Medley by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / "Nero" by Two Steps From Hell
EX3: "I Allegro" by Sandor Vegh
Ex4: "Un Giorno Per Noi" performed by Paul Potts

2017 World Championships
2017 European Championships
2016 GP Tropheé de France
2016 GP Rostelecom Cup
2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffk-1KnIvOM
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FKk50QotSs
Ex1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kpmHEj5dPA - "Nero" by Two Steps From Hell
Ex2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWDSR0PlIfM - "Serenade No. 13 In G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik". Allegro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart​

2015/2016
SP: "Creature du Siam" (Cirque du Soleil); choreo by Rostislav Sinicyn
FS: "Sometimes" by Wax Tailor; choreo by Gary Beacom
Ex: "Time after Time" by David Pfeffer

2016 World Championships
2016 Bavarian Open
2016 European Championships
2015-16 German Championships
2015 Warsaw Cup
2015 Tallinn Trophy

COMPETITIVE HISTORY​

CompetitionSPLPFinal
2017-2018 Season
2018 World Championships
1 (82.98)​
1 (162.86)​
1 (245.84)​
XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang
4 (76.59)​
1 (159.31)​
1 (235.90)​
2017/18 German Nationals
1 (76.29)​
1 (153.09)​
1 (229.38)​
2017/18 GPF Nagoya, Japan
1 (79.43)​
1 (157.25)​
1 (236.68)​
2017 Skate America
3 (72.55)​
1 (150.58)​
1 (223.13)​
2017 Skate Canada International
1 (77.34)​
3 (138.32)​
2 (215.66)​
2017 Nebelhorn Trophy
2 (72.99)​
2 (138.09)​
2 (211.08)​
2016-2017 Season
2017 World Championships
2 (79.84)​
2 (150.46)​
2 (230.30)​
2017 European Championships
3 (73.76)​
1 (148.59)​
2 (222.35)​
2016 GP Trophée de France
1 (77.55)​
1 (133.04)​
1 (210.59)​
2016 GP Rostelecom Cup
2 (69.51)​
1 (138.38)​
1 (207.89)​
2016 Nebelhorn Trophy
1 (74.24)​
1 (128.80)​
1 (203.04)​
2015-2016 Season
2016 World Championships
4 (74.22)​
3 (141.95)​
3 (216.17)​
2016 Bavarian Open
1​
1​
1 (203.46)​
2016 European Championships
2 (75.54)​
3 (125.24)​
2 (200.78)​
2016 German Championships
1 (80.61)​
1 (141.61)​
1 (222.22)​
2015 Warsaw Cup
1 (76.30)​
1 (133.30)​
1 (209.60)​
2015 Tallinn Trophy
1 (71.44)​
1 (142.98)​
1 (214.42)​

Other Exhibitions
2018 Fantasy on Ice in Niigata
2018 Fantasy on Ice in Kobe
2018 Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot - When You Believe
2016 All That Skate Day 1 "That Man" by Caro Emerald (EX version of their new SP)
2016 All That Skate Day 1 Mozart Medley (comic)
2014 All That Skate " You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
2014 All That Skate "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

Golden Skate Articles and Interviews
Sep. 2018 - Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot on Coaching
Nov. 2017 - Savchenko and Massot: "It was a good fight"
Oct. 2017 - Skate Canada report
Apr. 2017 - "Interview with coaches Alexander König and Jean-François Ballester" (Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot's coaches) by Ted Flett
GS Article from 1/2017 -"Coming off injury, Savchenko and Massot determined to compete at Europeans" By Tatjana Flade
GS Article from 11/2016 - "Savchenko and Massot take back-to-back Grand Prix gold"
GS Article from 11/2016- "Savchenko and Massot golden in Grand Prix debut" By Tatjana Flade
GS Article from 10/2016 - "Savchenko and Massot confident going into 2016-17" By Tatjana Flade
GS Article from 7/2014 - "New pair team Savchenko and Massot aim high"

Golden Skate threads

Other Articles and Interviews
March 2018 - Skating ISU interview "Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot reflect on the last 4 years"
December 2017 - ISU Interview, pre-Europeans
April 2016 - A new interview with Aliona and Bruno
September 2015 - BladeBoys video interview
Oct.2015 - Savchenko & Massot Play the Waiting Game
Figure Skating On-Line Video interview
Video diary of their first times skating together

Miscellanea
Aljona and Bruno pronounce their names in this ISU "Wait...What!!!"video:
 
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Sandpiper

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While it's hard to be a "fan" before seeing them in competition, this partnership looks very promising. They do a good job of playing a story and integrating the difficult elements in. The one-handed lifts look phenomenal--long and effortless. They seem to have a bit of trouble with the throws and of course their movements aren't in perfect synch yet, but it's incredible they're already attempting those difficult elements. Best wishes to the both of them.

And lol, the dress with the gigantic stars all over it. Never change, Aliona! :biggrin:
 

MaiKatze

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Kind of sad that there wasn't even a fan fest thread for Aliona & Robin. Anyway, I think Aliona and Bruno look surprisingly good together and I'm curious how they will actually fare in a real competition. I will miss Robin but I wish S/M ;) all the best.
 

CaroLiza_fan

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Just wanted to share some recent photos of Aljona, Bruno and Ingo that combine my 2 main sporting passions – motorbike racing and figure skating!

The first photo is from Aljona and Bruno's Facebook Fan Page

For those that do not follow bike racing, this photo was taken on the grid of the Moto3 race at the Sachsenring last weekend. Sitting on the bike in the background is Basque rider Efren Vazquez, who is riding the Racing Team Germany Honda.

Racing Team Germany is based at the Sachsenring and is run by former 250GP rider Dirk Heidolf, who is actually from Hohenstein. So, it is a proper Saxony operation through and through... Just like Ingo’s team! ;)

In the race, Vazquez finished 6th, one place ahead of his team-mate John McPhee (from Scotland). This was a great result for the team, as both riders were a lot further down the grid than usual (Vazquez in 17th, McPhee in 28th) after rain effectively brought a premature end to qualifying on Saturday.

But, despite this great recovery, I am sure Efren would have been disappointed that he was as far as 25 seconds behind the leading group. Vazquez is not a rider that is used to battling with the 2nd Division – he is normally up with the leaders in the Premier League.

RTG also posted this photo on their own Fan Page on Facebook, along with a whole album of photos of Aljona, Bruno and Ingo:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.780060255349644.1073741879.336561296366211

Hope you like them

CaroLiza_fan
 

QuadThrow

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Oct 1, 2014
If these pair competes at the Olympics 2018, Aljona would be the first figure skater ever to take place in 5 Olympic Games (with 3 different partners). And perhaps she will win her third olympic medal (like shen/zhao and plushenko).

they did not have enough money to pay Ingo Steuer, but nevertheless i expect them to try huch lifts an especially great throws. perhaps 3ATh, 4Tw, 4STh, 4FTh, (4ATh)
 

Lette

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Apr 18, 2014
does anybody know something new about this couple? I've not heard about them in a lot of time... what are they doing? What happened with Ingo?
 

Mattieu

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Dec 22, 2010
Any updates on the release issue?

I hope the german federation is right and that Bruno will be release next season.

It has come to me that Didier Gailhaguet is shooting himself in the foot with the zero release policy.
What skater in their right mind is going choose skate for France and be fixed to France forever?
Only the desparate will do so.

So sadly the gap behind P/C in France will keep huge one, as Gailhaguet will not be able attracting top skaters to skate for France.
Way to go Didier! :bang: you are either a complete idiot or hell bent on destroying French ice skating in your quest to become ISU president.

If he become ISU president, I will have to find another sport to follow as this one will be dead. :hopelessness: RIP Figure skating
 

parom11

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Nov 29, 2014
It seems there is no news about Massot's release, so I doubt that they really can compete at GP series next season, but might compete at Europeans and Worlds...

I don't know whether anyone has posted it already, but here is their new short program they showed in Stuttgart in December:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eekVui48BlU

Triple Twist is huge and seems to be better than what V/T performed last year. The throw is double footed and does not look so confident as she did it with Robin.
 

QuadThrow

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I think it is easier to perform a solid twist than performing a solid throw after chancing the Partner...aljona and Robin's flip began to become huge in 2007, in the third year of their partnerchip. Now she plans to perform the quadrouple flip with bruno.

The German Assocciation looks forward and hopes to get Bruno's release in March (i read in the news).
 

Mia29

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Nov 6, 2014
Nothing. Bruno Massot's mother is always angry against FFSG... I understand some of its arguments, some not ! The sports policy has changed recently in France and the sportsmen will have a new status.
 

Mattieu

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Nothing. Bruno Massot's mother is always angry against FFSG... I understand some of its arguments, some not ! The sports policy has changed recently in France and the sportsmen will have a new status.

In what way has the sports policy changed in France? what is the new status for sportsmen?
 

Alex D

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Also posting my article from the edge here,

Bruno and Aljona skate together since April 2014, but skating is not exactly correct as both are not allowed to compete or skate shows. Therefore the pair is unable to get sponsors or generate any income. Both do practice at Oberstdorf, to make their big dream come true, to compete for Germany at the Olympics! Unfortunately, this can only happen if the French Federation lets Bruno go. This however, seems to be not possible right now.

As the DEU mentioned in a recent announcement, the FFSG demanded at first 70.000 Euro for his release and now still 30.000 Euro. That amount of money however, the DEU is unable to provide, leaving Bruno and Aljona no other choice than to wait for the mercy of the French Federation. Said Federation however, seems to not want him go, as they fear sanctions if too many skaters leave their country.

To help Aljona and Bruno, fans and family created a petition with currently 1700 entries. It´s called "let the skaters skate". Besides that, people can donate money to keep them going, but as it seems, only the French Federation can let him go, even the ISU refused to step in after a recent council meeting at Lausanne and gave the case back into the hands of the FFSG.

Sources are DEU, MOPO 24 and SID

The link to their Fundraiser (link provided by tastetherainbow9697)

and the petition,

Let the Skaters skate
 
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anyanka

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Also posting my article from the edge here,

Bruno and Aljona skate together since April 2014, but skating is not exactly correct as both are not allowed to compete or skate shows. Therefore the pair is unable to get sponsors or generate any income. Both do practice at Oberstdorf, to make their big dream come true, to compete for Germany at the Olympics! Unfortunately, this can only happen if the French Federation lets Bruno go. This however, seems to be not possible right now.

As the DEU mentioned in a recent announcement, the FFSG demanded at first 70.000 Euro for his release and now still 30.000 Euro. That amount of money however, the DEU is unable to provide, leaving Bruno and Aljona no other choice than to wait for the mercy of the French Federation. Said Federation however, seems to not want him go, as they fear sanctions if too many skaters leave their country.

To help Aljona and Bruno, fans and family created a petition with currently 1700 entries. It´s called "let the skaters skate". Besides that, people can donate money to keep them going, but as it seems, only the French Federation can let him go, even the ISU refused to step in after a recent council meeting at Lausanne and gave the case back into the hands of the FFSG.

Sources are DEU, MOPO 24 and SID

The link to their Fundraiser (link provided by tastetherainbow9697)

and the petition,

Let the Skaters skate

Vielen dank for posting this Alex D. This is such an incredibly frustrating situation. [fumes]
 

Snow63

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:cheer:

Do we know what French Federation got in exchange for Bruno?
 
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