Morgan Matthews

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Morgan Matthews
MorganMatthews MaximZavozin USA 1.jpg
Matthews and Maxim Zavozin in 2006.
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former partnerLeif Gislason
Maxim Zavozin
Former coachElena Garanina
Former choreographerElena Garanina
Skating clubSkating Club of New York
Began skating1993

Morgan Matthews (born May 21, 1987) is an American former competitive ice dancer. With Maxim Zavozin, she is the 2006 Four Continents silver medalist and 2005 World Junior champion.

Personal life[edit]

Matthews was born May 21, 1987 in Chicago.[1] She settled in Boston in May 2010.[2] An economics major, she graduated from Wellesley College in May 2016.[3]


Early in her career, Matthews competed in pair skating. In 1999 she and partner Val Rising-Moore placed 5th in the novice pairs event at U.S. Nationals.[4]

Matthews teamed up with Maxim Zavozin in 2001. The ice dancing duo became the 2003 and 2004 U.S. junior champions and went on to capture the 2005 World Junior title. They won the pewter medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships and were sent to the 2006 Four Continents where they won silver. The next season, they placed fifth at the 2007 U.S. Championships. Matthews and Zavozin announced the end of their partnership on February 26, 2007.[5][6]

Matthews teamed up with Canadian Leif Gislason. They intended to represent Canada but Matthews' request for a release was denied by U.S. Figure Skating.[7] Their partnership ended after two years and a 5th-place finish at U.S. Nationals. She began a partnership with Elliot Pennington, who last competed in 2005 with Jane Summersett.

Matthews had hip injuries due to a macerated labrum, acetabular dysplasia, and vascular necrosis.[2] This led to her competitive retirement,[3] in September 2009. In 2010, she joined the coaching staff at The Skating Club of Boston.[2]


(with Zavozin)

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Tango: Autumn in Buenos Aires
  • Cha Cha: Shall We Dance
  • Samba: Carapiecho

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Gislason[edit]

Event 2008–09
U.S. Championships 5th
Eastern Sectionals 1st

With Zavozin[edit]

Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07
Worlds 16th
Four Continents 2nd
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Cup of Russia 6th
GP Skate America 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[14]
Junior Worlds 11th 3rd 1st
JGP Final 3rd 1st
JGP Canada 3rd
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP France 1st
JGP Italy 4th
JGP Slovakia 3rd
JGP United States 1st
U.S. Champ. 3rd N 1st J 1st J 5th 4th 5th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ a b "Morgan MATTHEWS / Maxim ZAVOZIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b c Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (August 9, 2010). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew - August 9".
  3. ^ a b Elfman, Lois (June 2, 2016). "Matthews adds title of 'college graduate' to résumé".
  4. ^ Mittan, Barry (January 26, 2003). "Matthews and Zavozin Make Quick Impact on Dance Scene". GoldenSkate. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ice Dancers Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin Announce End of Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. February 26, 2007. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2010.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Matthews, Zavozin blame conflicting opinions for split". Associated Press. ESPN. February 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Kirk, Jennifer (August 18, 2009). "A federation doesn't "own" its athletes". True/Slant.
  8. ^ "Morgan MATTHEWS / Maxim ZAVOZIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 2, 2006.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "Morgan MATTHEWS / Maxim ZAVOZIN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "Programs". Official site of Matthews / Zavozin. Archived from the original on February 15, 2005.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "Morgan MATTHEWS / Maxim ZAVOZIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  12. ^ a b "Morgan Matthews & Max Zavozin". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  13. ^ "Morgan MATTHEWS / Maxim ZAVOZIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 10, 2003.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  14. ^ a b "MATTHEWS Morgan / ZAVOZIN Maxim". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016.

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