Bruno Massot

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Bruno Massot
2016 Rostelecom Cup Aliona Savchenko Bruno Massot IMG 1893.jpg
Massot with Savchenko at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Former country(ies) represented France (through 2014)
Born (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 28)
Caen, France
Home town Caen
Residence Oberstdorf
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Partner Aliona Savchenko
Former partner Daria Popova, Anne-Laure Letscher, Camille Foucher
Coach Alexander König
Former coach Ingo Steuer, Jean-Francois Ballester
Choreographer Gary Beacom
Former choreographer Karine Arribert, Pierre-Loup Bouquet
Skating club Acsel Caen
Training locations Oberstdorf
Former training locations Caen, Chemnitz
Began skating 1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 230.30
2017 Worlds
Short program 79.84
2017 Worlds
Free skate 150.46
2017 Worlds

Bruno Massot (born 28 January 1989) is a French-born pair skater. Competing with Aliona Savchenko for Germany, he is a two-time World medalist, a two-time European silver medalist, and 2016 German national champion.

With former partner Daria Popova, he is the 2014 Challenge Cup champion and 2012 French national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Bruno Massot was born on 28 January 1989 in Caen, France.[1] On April 15, 2015, he announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Levaufre.[2]

Single skating and early partnerships[edit]

Massot competed in single skating through the 2006-07 season.[3] He then switched to pair skating and teamed up with Camille Foucher, with whom he won a pair of senior bronze medals at the French Championships and competed at two World Junior Championships.[4] After their partnership ended, he skated with Anne-Laure Letscher until February 2011.[5]

Partnership with Popova[edit]

Massot and Daria Popova decided to team up in March 2011 and began serious training in June.[6] They train in Caen, France with Jean-Francois Ballester.[5][7] In their first season together, they also trained about three weeks every three months with Ingo Steuer in Chemnitz, Germany.[8][9]

Popova/Massot's first competition together was the 2011 Master's de Patinage, where they won the silver medal. They were tenth in their international debut at the 2011 Coupe de Nice and placed fourth at the 2011 NRW Trophy. In December 2011, they won the 2012 French national title ahead of Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres.[10] Visa and administrative delays led to uncertainty about their participation at the 2012 European Championships but the situation was resolved just before the event.[11][12][13] Popova/Massot placed sixth in the short program and eighth overall. They were not assigned to the 2012 World Championships, but were part of the French team for the World Team Trophy.

In the 2012–13 season, Popova/Massot received two Grand Prix assignments — they placed fifth at the 2012 Skate Canada International and seventh at the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard. They were second to James/Cipres at the French Championships and then placed seventh at the 2013 European Championships. At the 2013 World Championships, James/Cipres earned two spots for France in the pairs' event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. As France's second-ranked pair, Popova/Massot were in line to receive the second Olympic spot if she received French citizenship in time.[14]

In 2013–14, Popova had a problem with the sole of one of her boots at the start of the season.[14] She and Massot placed eighth at their first Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 Cup of China. Popova then ceased training for six weeks due to a stress fracture in the third metatarsal bone of her left foot, causing the pair to withdraw from the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard and French Championships.[14] Having resumed training in mid-December 2013, the pair elected to reduce the difficulty of some elements for the 2014 European Championships in January.[14] They finished 11th at Europeans in Budapest. On 21 January 2014, it was reported that Popova had not received French citizenship in time and France's second spot would be transferred to Austria.[15] Popova and Massot then went on to place 15th at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships after placing 15th in both segments of the competition. It was their last competition together.

Partnership with Savchenko[edit]

Savchenko and Massot at the 2016 Europeans

On March 19, 2014, Massot was reported to have teamed up with Aliona Savchenko of Germany.[16] The two began training together in April, working to adjust to each other's different technique.[17] They made their first appearance as a pair at the 2014 All That Skate shows in South Korea.[18] Because Chemnitz melted its ice rink until nearly the end of August, they trained in Coral Springs, Florida for two months beginning in mid-July.[19][20]

Since the ISU does not allow any pairing to compete under two flags, one partner was obliged to change country and could not compete internationally until the previous country granted a release.[21][22] In July 2014, Savchenko said she preferred to continue competing for Germany while Massot preferred France.[18] On 29 September 2014, the Deutsche Eislauf-Union announced that the pair had decided to skate for Germany.[23][24][25] In October 2014, Savchenko/Massot started training in Oberstdorf, coached by Alexander König.[26] On June 9, 2015, Massot's mother announced that the French Figure Skating Federation (FFSG) had refused to release Massot to skate for Germany.[27]

2015–16 season[edit]

On August 31, 2015, the FFSG reportedly demanded a release fee of 70,000 euros from Massot.[28] He was released to skate for Germany on October 26, 2015.[29]

Savchenko/Massot made their debut at the 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series (CS) event, where they won the gold medal. That was followed by gold at the 2015 CS Warsaw Cup and German Championships. In January, they won silver at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was Massot's first medal at an ISU Championship. In April, they won the bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, having placed fourth in the short program and third in the free skate.

2016–17 season[edit]

After taking gold at the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, Savchenko/Massot won both of their Grand Prix events, the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and 2016 Trophée de France. On 12 November, Savchenko tore a ligament in her right ankle on the landing of the throw triple Axel during the free skate in France.[30] She decided to continue skating due to the possibility of a medal and being in a partnership, saying "If you were alone you might just throw in the towel, but there is that other half of the pair, who is also competing."[31] She stated, "Luckily, the ligaments were not completely ruptured, but it takes eight to twelve weeks to heal."[30] As a result, the pair withdrew from their December competitions, the Grand Prix Final and German Championships.

In January 2017, Savchenko/Massot won the silver medal, behind Russia's Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov, at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


With Savchenko[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Créature de Siam
    (from Kurios)
    by Raphëal Beau, Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard
    choreo. by Rostislav Sinicyn

With Popova[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Les Aristochats
    by C2C
  • Chocca
    by Apocalyptica
  • Far Away
    by Apocalyptica
  • La Belle Histoire
    arranged by Gablé
    choreo. by Karine Arribert

With Foucher[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Music
    by Gable
  • Sakountala
    by Pierre-Alexandre Mati
  • Libertango
    by Astor Piazzola
  • Sakountala
    by Pierre-Alexandre Mati

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Music
    by Thiersen, Guem, Encre, Shankar

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Savchenko for Germany[edit]

Event 2015–16 2016–17
World Champ. 3rd 2nd
European Champ. 2nd 2nd
GP Final WD
GP Rostelecom Cup 1st
GP Trophée de France 1st
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st
CS Warsaw Cup 1st
Bavarian Open 1st
German Championships 1st WD
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Popova for France[edit]

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
World Champ. 15th
European Champ. 8th 7th 11th
GP Cup of China 8th
GP Skate Canada 5th
GP Trophée Bompard 7th WD
Challenge Cup 4th 1st
Cup of Nice 10th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
NRW Trophy 4th
French Champ. 1st 2nd
Masters 2nd 2nd 1st
Team events
World Team Trophy 4th T
6th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result, P = Personal result

With Foucher and Letscher for France[edit]

Event 2007–08
Junior Worlds 18th 14th
JGP United Kingdom 11th
French Champ. 3rd 3rd 3rd
Masters 3rd 3rd J 3rd

Singles career for France[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07
JGP Hungary 14th
JGP Mexico 9th
Triglav Trophy 5th J
French Championships 16th
J = Junior level

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

With Savchenko[edit]

2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 2
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 3
11–13 November 2016 2016 Trophée de France 1
4–5 November 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 2
22–24 September 2016 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 4
25–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships 2
27–29 November 2015 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 1
18–22 November 2015 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy 1


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External links[edit]

Media related to Bruno Massot at Wikimedia Commons