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Savoie, Matt

The Short List
  • Member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team
  • Placed fifth at the 2005 Four Continents Cup
  • Finished 12th at the 2002 World Championships, 16th in 2004
  • Three-time U.S. National Championships bronze medalist (2001, 2004, 2006)
Did You Know?
  • Finished fourth at the 2005 U.S. National Championships and fourth at the 2005 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge
  • Took home a bronze medal from the 2001 ISF Grand Prix Finals
  • Had knee surgery to fix parallel tendonitis in 2004 causing him to miss the first half of the season
  • "Matt was quick to learn," said Savoie’s coach, Linda, to Peoria Journal Star about his early lessons, "after he got done putting money in the pinball machine."
  • Started skating at age 9 intrigued by the artistic and athletic components of the sport
  • Admires 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton
  • Grew up with his parents telling him that he had to do well in school to be able to skate – it must have paid off because he graduated college summa cum laude in 2002
  • Mantra: “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world” (Cervantes)
  • Enjoys reading (especially any books by David Sedaris, William Faulkner or Annie Dillard), swimming, biking
  • Wants to attend law school and find a career integrating law and urban planning
  • Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because "no gifts, just food."
It's Every Day

Savoie started taking group lessons at age 5, but he decided that it wasn’t what he wanted to do. Then a few years later, after seeing figure skaters jump on TV, he asked to try again. "So we went out to the rink for mini-lessons and learned how to skate backwards, just the two of us," said his father, Mike, to the Peoria Journal Star. "We were skating along, and he jumped and turned around in the air, and I said, 'If you're going to do that, you need to take lessons.'"

Quote

On it just being a sport: Once you've spent 16 years of your life doing something, it seems a little pointless to stake all of those minutes and hours on the ice on one event," he said to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Height: 5’9”
Born: 9-Dec-1980
Hometown: Peoria, Ill.
Resides: Peoria, Ill.
Sport: Figure Skating
Event: Singles

 
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