Matteo Guarise

Matteo Guarise (born 15 September 1988) is an Italian pairs figure skater and roller skater. Guarise is the 2008 World champion in pairs roller skating with Sara Venerucci. With his figure skating partner Nicole Della Monica, he is a five-time Italian national champion (2016–20). The pair have represented Italy at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Matteo Guarise
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Della Monica and Guarise at the 2012 World Championships
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 31)
Rimini, Italy
Home townRimini, Italy
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
PartnerNicole Della Monica
Former partnerKaela Pflumm
Elena Yarkhunova
Sara Venerucci (roller)
CoachCristina Mauri, Nina Mozer
Former coachCristina Pelli, Silvia Martina, Lucia Civardi, Oleg Vasiliev
ChoreographerRaffaella Cazzaniga, Giuseppe Arena
Former choreographerCorrado Giordani, Luca Mantovani, Paola Mezzadri
Skating clubForum SSDRL Milano
Training locationsBergamo, Baselga di Pinè, Sesto San Giovanni
Former training locationsSaint Petersburg
Began skatingJanuary 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total205.14
2019 European
Short program73.70
2019 European
Free skate131.51
2018 Rostelecom Cup


In roller skatingEdit

Guarise was originally a roller skater and won the 2008 World title with Sara Venerucci.[1] He ended his roller career in 2009 and moved to Milan.[2]

Switch to figure skatingEdit

In January 2010, Guarise began training in figure skating.[1][3] In June 2010, it was reported that he had teamed up with Elena Yarkhunova and was training with her under coach Oleg Vasiliev in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Chicago, Illinois.[3][4] After their partnership ended, he skated with Kaela Pflumm and Caitlin Yankowskas.[1][5]

Partnership with Della MonicaEdit

2011–12 seasonEdit

Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise in 2017

Guarise teamed up with Nicole Della Monica in late November 2011.[6][7] They train mainly in Zanica.[8] They train mainly in Zanica.[8] They withdrew after the short program from the 2012 Italian Championships. Della Monica/Guarise made their international debut at the 2012 Bavarian Open where they won the bronze medal. They were assigned to compete at the 2012 World Championships and finished fifteenth.

2012–13 seasonEdit

Della Monica/Guarise placed ninth at the 2013 European Championships and then fourteenth at the 2013 World Championships, where Italy secured two berths for the 2014 Olympic pairs event. They also won bronze at the 2013 Winter Universiade.

2013–14 seasonEdit

After taking silver at the 2014 Italian Championships, they placed eighth at the 2014 European Championships. Della Monica/Guarise were named along with Italian champions Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek as Italy's pairs entries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Just before the event, Guarise tore the medial meniscus in his right knee.[9][10] The pair finished sixteenth at the Olympics. He then underwent a knee operation and resumed training at the start of March.[10]

2014–15 seasonEdit

In the 2014–15 season, Della Monica/Guarise competed at two Grand Prix events, placing fifth at the 2014 Cup of China and sixth at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. After finishing second to Valentina Marchei / Ondřej Hotárek at the Italian Championships, they came in sixth at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and fourteenth at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

2015–16 seasonEdit

In the 2015–16 season, Della Monica/Guarise took the bronze medal at the 2015 Ice Challenge, their first ISU Challenger Series (CS) event. After finishing fifth at their sole GP event, the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard, they appeared at two more CS events, winning silver at the Warsaw Cup and placing sixth at the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb. In December 2015, they won their first national title together, edging out Marchei/Hotárek. They placed sixth at the 2016 European Championships, and then placed eleventh at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, United States.

2016–17 seasonEdit

The 2016–17 season saw the duo win two Challenger events, the 2016 Lombardia Trophy and 2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb. They placed sixth at the Skate Canada International and fifth at the Cup of China. After their second national title, they placed eighth at the 2017 European Championships, and then placed thirteenth at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

2017–18 seasonEdit

Guarise and his partner began the 2017–18 season with silver medals at Lombardia Trophy and Finlandia Trophy. Competing again at the Cup of China, they placed fourth. At the Internationaux de France, they placed third, winning their first Grand Prix bronze medal. Della Monica pronounced herself "really happy with our performance."[11] Della Monica/Guarise won their third straight national title, followed by a sixth-place finish at Europeans. Competing at their second Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they placed tenth. The season concluded at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, where they placed fifth overall.

2018–19 seasonEdit

Their 2018–19 season began again at Lombardia Trophy, where they own the bronze medal. Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won silver at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. Della Monica commented that "this is our first silver medal on the Grand Prix. Last year we won our first medal, a bronze, so we are happy that we improved. Next time it maybe will be gold, who knows. It shows that we are on the right track."[12] They won a second silver medal at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, becoming the first Italian pair team to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, a goal they had set for themselves at the beginning of the year.[13] They placed fifth at the Final, after multiple falls and popped jumps.[14]

After winning their fourth consecutive national title, Della Monica/Guarise competed at the 2019 European Championships. They placed third in the short program, 0.12 points ahead of Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia, and were awarded a small bronze medal for the result.[15] In the free skate both teams made errors, with Della Monica putting a hand down on their three-jump combination, and a result finished fourth in the free skate and fourth overall, 0.14 points behind Boikova/Kozlovskii. Guarise said they were "a little bit disappointed actually, because we gave everything we had. It maybe wasn’t 100 percent, but I think it was very good."[16]

At the 2019 World Championships, Guarise collided with French skater Vanessa James in the warmup for the short program, which shook up both skaters. He then doubled his jump attempt, causing them to place eighth in the short.[17] In the free skate the team had multiple errors, finishing seventh there, and eighth overall. Guarise reported that the aftereffects of the collision had been more of a problem than he initially believed.[18] Della Monica/Guarise concluded the season at the 2019 World Team Trophy as part of Team Italy, which finished sixth out of sixth teams.[19]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Della Monica dislocated her shoulder during the summer, delaying the team's training significantly. They returned to competition at the 2019 Icelab International in Italy, taking the silver medal, a week before their first Grand Prix.[20] At the 2019 Cup of China, they placed fourth.[21] At the 2019 NHK Trophy, Della Monica/Guarise placed eighth.[22]


(with Della Monica)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Magnificat
    performed by Mina
Cosmic Journey:

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series

With Della Monica

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 16th 10th
Worlds 15th 14th 16th 14th 11th 13th 5th 8th
Europeans 9th 8th 6th 6th 8th 6th 4th 4th
GP Final 5th
GP Bompard 8th 6th 5th 3rd
GP Cup of China 5th 5th 4th 4th
GP Finland 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 7th 8th
GP Rostel. Cup 7th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS Golden Spin 6th 1st
CS Ice Challenge 3rd
CS Lombardia 1st 2nd 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd
Universiade 3rd
Bavarian Open 3rd
Cup of Nice 3rd 7th 1st
Icelab International Cup 2nd
Lombardia Trophy 5th
Nepela Memorial 3rd
Toruń Cup 1st
Italian Champ. WD 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Team Challenge
2nd T
5th P
Olympics 4th
World Team Trophy 6th T
3rd P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Matteo Guarise at Wikimedia Commons