What You Need to Know about German Figure Skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot?
Though this couple appeared on the figure skating arena only in 2014, Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot managed to gain many titles and awards together, including the gold medals at 2018 Winter Olympics. Let’s have a look at their career highlights.
Aljona Savchenko was born on January 19, 1984, in Obukhiv, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. At the start of her career, Aljona competed for Ukraine, skating with Olexander Artychenko and later, Stanislav Morozov, with whom she won the World Junior Championships and Grand Prix Final in 1999/2000 season.
In 2003, the figure skater moved to Germany and started to train together with Robin Szolkowy. Working together for 11 years, the duo won a great number of competitions, including 5 World Championships, 4 European Championships, 4 Grand Prix Finals and was the German national champion 8 times. Also, they gained bronze medals at 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
By the way, Aljona is the most decorated pair skater of all time. In total, she is 6-time World Champion, 4-time European Champion, 5-time winner of Grand Prix Final, an Olympic Champion and 2-time Olympic silver medalist to tell nothing about many other trophies.
Bruno Massot was born on January 28, 1989, in Caen, France. He started his career as a single figure skater in 2006-2007, but later switched to pair skating. He skated with Camille Foucher and later with Anne-Laure Letscher.
In 2011, Bruno teamed up with Daria Popova. Together they won the French Championships and Masters as well as Challenge Cup. However, the majority of his awards, Massot gained in duo with Aljona Savchenko.
Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot started to train together in March 2014. Since then, their pair represents Germany at international competitions. In 2015/16 and 2017/18, they were the German champions in pair skating.
In their first international season, 2015/16, Bruno and Aljona gained a bronze medal at the World Championships and a silver one at the European Championships. They also won Tallinn Trophy, Warsaw Cup and Bavarian Open.
In 2016/17, the athletes were silver medalists of the World and European Championships. In addition, they were the winners of Rostelecom Cup, Trophee de France and Nebelhorn Trophy.
In 2017/18, the duo showed incredible results by becoming Olympic Champions, winning the World Championships and the Grand Prix Final. Moreover, they were gold medalists at Skate America and silver medalists at Skate Canada and Nebelhorn Trophy.
However, the couple is the most proud of their Olympic gold. Savchenko said: “I said to Bruno: ‘We will write history today.’ And then everything happened as I had imagined, and it came true. It is my moment. We celebrated New Year together and we said, ‘2018 will be our year,’ and it became our year”.
Massot also told his story: “Today when I woke up, I felt good. The practice was good and when we went out we felt like, ‘Now it's your time to fight. I got the gold medal in my head. Yesterday I said I don’t want [Savchenko] to come back with another bronze medal. She deserved this gold medal”. He also added: “It was hard for me yesterday, but Aljona was there for me. She said: ‘It is not finished. We still have the free programme to come.’ It is amazing to come from fourth to first, it is incredible”.
So, Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot proved that it’s not necessary to skate together for many years in order to become champions. They managed to find the common language pretty fast and moved forward to their dreams together.