Savoie in 2003.
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||September 12, 1980|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Former coach||Linda Branan|
|Former choreographer||Tom Dickson|
|Former skating club||Illinois Valley FSC|
|ISU personal best scores|
2006 Four Continents
Matthew Savoie (born September 12, 1980, in Peoria, Illinois), is an American former competitive figure skater. He is a three-time U.S. bronze medalist, the 2006 Four Continents bronze medalist, and competed at the 2006 Olympics.
Matthew Savoie first gained prominence when he won the gold medal on the junior level at the 1997 U.S. Championships. He went on to place in the top five at every U.S. Nationals between 1999 and 2006, winning bronze medals in 2001, 2004, and 2006 and pewter medals (fourth place) in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2005.
Savoie was the first alternate to the 2002 Olympic team. In 2004, he underwent knee surgery due to parallel tendonitis. By winning the bronze at the 2006 U.S. Championships, Savoie earned a chance to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He finished seventh overall.
Savoie was raised in Peoria, Illinois, and trained there with coach Linda Branan throughout his career. He also worked with coach Gene Heffron, choreographer Tom Dickson, and modern dance teacher Kathy Johnson.
Personal life and post-competitive career
Savoie graduated from Peoria High School (Peoria, Illinois) in 1998. He graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University in 2002, with a major in political science and a minor in biology. He went on to earn his master's degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and received the AICP Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2005. He was admitted to the law school at Cornell University in 2005, but obtained a deferral for a year to focus on making the Olympic team. He joined the program in September 2006, where he also served as secretary of the LAMBDA (LGBT) Law Students Association. After graduating in 2009, Savoie worked as an associate at Choate Hall & Stewart law firm before leaving in 2014 to become a coach at the Skating Club of Boston. His students include Curran Oi.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Cirque du Soleil:
|Cirque du Soleil:
|Grand Prix Final||3rd|
|GP Cup of China||8th||7th|
|GP Cup of Russia||3rd||4th||5th|
|GP NHK Trophy||9th|
|GP Skate Canada||3rd||5th|
|GP Skate America||5th||6th||3rd|
|U.S. Champ.||8th N.||4th N.||1st J.||11th||4th||4th||3rd||4th||5th||3rd||4th||3rd|
|Midwest. Sect.||3rd N.||4th N.||3rd J.||3rd||2nd|
|UGL Regionals||3rd N.||1st N.||1st J.||1st|
|Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
UGL = Upper Great Lakes
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