Bruno Massot

Bruno Massot (born 28 January 1989) is a French-German pair skater. Competing with Aljona Savchenko for Germany, he is the 2018 Olympic Champion, the 2018 World Champion, a two-time European silver medalist, and two-time German national champion (2016, 2018).

Bruno Massot
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Massot with Savchenko 2017
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Former country(ies) represented France (until 2014)
Born (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 31)
Caen, France
Home townCaen
ResidenceOberstdorf, Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
PartnerAljona Savchenko
Former partnerDaria Popova, Anne-Laure Letscher, Camille Foucher
CoachAlexander König, Jean-Francois Ballester
Former coachIngo Steuer
ChoreographerChristopher Dean, John Kerr, Silvia Fontana, Martin Skotnický
Former choreographerGary Beacom, Karine Arribert, Pierre-Loup Bouquet
Skating clubAcsel Caen
Training locationsOberstdorf
Former training locationsCaen, Chemnitz
Began skating1996
World standingPairs with Savchenko
1 (2017–18)
4 (2016–17)
25 (2015–16)
Pairs with Popova
18 (2013–14)
16 (2012–13)
47 (2011–12)
Pairs with Foucher
73 (2009–10)
64 (2008–09)
86 (2007–08)
Men's singles
176 (2008–09)
163 (2007–08)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total245.84 WR
2018 Worlds
Short program82.98
2018 Worlds
Free skate162.86 WR
2018 Worlds

Competing with Daria Popova for France, he became the 2014 Challenge Cup champion and 2012 French national champion.

Personal lifeEdit

Bruno Massot was born on 28 January 1989 in Caen, France.[1] On 15 April 2015, he announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Levaufre.[2] Their son, Louka, was born on 1 October 2018 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.[3][4]

On 23 November 2017, the Deutsche Eislauf-Union announced that Massot would be sworn in as a German citizen in a week.[5][6][7]


Early careerEdit

Massot began learning to skate in 1996.[1] From the age of seven, he was coached by Jean-François Ballester.[8] He competed in single skating through the 2006–07 season.[9]

When he was 17 years old, Ballester convinced him to try pair skating.[10] Massot 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.[11] After their partnership ended, he skated with Anne-Laure Letscher until February 2011.[12]

Massot and Daria Popova decided to team up in March 2011 and began serious training in June.[13]

2011–2012 seasonEdit

Popova/Massot trained mainly in Caen, France, with Jean-Francois Ballester.[12][14] In their first season together, they also trained about three weeks every three months with Ingo Steuer in Chemnitz, Germany.[15][16] 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.[17]

Visa and administrative delays led to uncertainty about their participation at the 2012 European Championships but the situation was resolved just before the event.[18][19][20] 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.

2012–2013 seasonEdit

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.[21]

2013–2014 seasonEdit

Popova had a problem with the sole of one of her boots at the start of the season.[21] 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.[21]

Having resumed training in mid-December 2013, the pair elected to reduce the difficulty of some elements for the 2014 European Championships in January.[21] They finished eleventh 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.[22] Popova and Massot then went on to place fifteenth at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships after placing fifteenth in both segments of the competition. It was their last competition together.

Teaming up with Savchenko and obtaining his releaseEdit

Savchenko and Massot at the 2016 Europeans

On 19 March 2014, Massot was reported to have teamed up with Aljona Savchenko of Germany.[23] The two began training together in April, working to adjust to each other's different technique.[24] They made their first appearance as a pair at the 2014 All That Skate shows in South Korea.[25] 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.[26][27]

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.[28][29] In July 2014, Savchenko said that she preferred to continue competing for Germany while Massot preferred France.[25] On 29 September 2014, the Deutsche Eislauf-Union announced that the pair had decided to skate for Germany.[30][31][32] In October 2014, Savchenko/Massot started training in Oberstdorf, coached by Alexander König.[33]

On 9 June 2015, Massot's mother announced that the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace (FFSG) had refused to release Massot to skate for Germany.[34] He was not allowed to compete or perform in shows until the FFSG released him. Consequently, he lived on 200 euros a month for one and a half years. He considered living in his car but the Deutsche Eislauf-Union stepped in with financial assistance to cover his rent, food, and training expenses, and to find some furniture.[35][36] On 31 August 2015, the FFSG reportedly demanded a fee of 70,000 euros to release Massot,[37] but later agreed to 30,000 euros.[38] He was released to skate for Germany on 26 October 2015.[39]

2015–2016 seasonEdit

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.[40]

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.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

After taking gold at the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy,[41] 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.[42][43] 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."[44] She stated, "Luckily, the ligaments were not completely ruptured, but it takes eight to twelve weeks to heal."[43] 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.[45] In April, the pair received the silver medal, behind China's Sui Wenjing / Han Cong, at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Savchenko/Massot began their season with silver at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy.[46] Turning to the Grand Prix series, they took silver at the 2017 Skate Canada International after placing first in the short program and second in the free skate.[47] Ranked third in the short and first in the free, the pair won gold at the 2017 Skate America.[48][49] Their results qualified them to the Grand Prix Final in December, which they won.

In November 2017, Massot received German citizenship,[5][50] allowing the pair to compete for Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Savchenko and Massot withdrew from the European Figure Skating Championships on 12 January, in order to focus their preparations for the Olympics.[51]

After competing in the first part of the team event, Savchenko and Massot competed in the individual pairs event.[52] They placed fourth in the short program after Massot doubled a jump. On 15 February 2018, Savchenko and Massot won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with a new world record score of 159.31 in the free skate.[53]

Savchenko and Massot ended the season at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy, where they won their first world title together. They set new personal bests in both the short and free programs, in the process setting new world records for the free skate and combined score. Massot commented: "It was exactly the season that we wanted. We started this season in September and we said, 'we will give our best to win everything.' We didn’t go to Europeans in order to prepare for the Olympics. I think it was a good choice. We realized today that we reached our goal of the season today."[51]

Following their World Championship victory, it was announced that the pair would take an indefinite break from competition.[54]

Coaching careerEdit

In the summer of 2018, Massot joined the coaching staff for the Austrian pairs team of Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer.[55]


With SavchenkoEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition


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

With PopovaEdit

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 FoucherEdit

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

Single skatingEdit

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

Competitive highlightsEdit

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

With Savchenko for GermanyEdit

Event 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Olympics 1st
World Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st
European Champ. 2nd 2nd
GP Final WD 1st
GP Rostelecom Cup 1st
GP Skate Canada 2nd
GP Trophée de France 1st
GP Skate America 1st
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st 2nd
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st
CS Warsaw Cup 1st
Bavarian Open 1st
German Championships 1st WD 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Popova for FranceEdit

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 FranceEdit

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

Singles career for FranceEdit

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

Detailed resultsEdit

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

With SavchenkoEdit

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
21–24 March 2018 2018 World Championships 1
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 4
9–12 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (Team event) 3

14–16 December 2017 2018 German Championships 1
7–10 December 2017 2017–18 Grand Prix Final 1
24–26 November 2017 2017 Skate America 3
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 1
27–30 September 2017 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2
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
11–13 December 2015 2016 German Championships 1
27–29 November 2015 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 1
18–22 November 2015 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy 1


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External linksEdit

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