Samuel Contesti (born 4 March 1983) is a French-Italian former competitive figure skater. He originally competed for France, then switched to Italy after the 2006–07 season. He is the 2009 European silver medalist and a five-time Italian national champion (2008–12).
|Former country(ies) represented||France|
|Born||4 March 1983|
Le Havre, France
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)|
|Former coach||Geraldine Zulini, Peter Grütter, Patrick Bergouignan, Didier Lucine, Claudine Lucine, Jacqueline Moyencourt, S. Golaz|
|Former choreographer||Geraldine Zulini, Pasquale Camerlengo|
|Skating club||Courmayeur SC|
|Former skating club||SGA d'Annecy|
|Former training locations||Courmayeur |
|Retired||June 15, 2012|
|ISU personal best scores|
Contesti initially competed for France, placing ninth at the 2005 European Championships and 26th at Worlds the same year. The next season, he placed 5th at Trophée Eric Bompard and 2nd at French Nationals but did not compete at Europeans or Worlds. In autumn 2006, Contesti was assigned to compete at Skate America, however, the French skating federation decided to withdraw his name. In 2007, he won bronze at French Nationals.
Having married an Italian, Contesti began competing for Italy in March 2008. In spring of 2008, he moved to Courmayeur, Italy. By capturing silver at the 2009 European Championships, Contesti became the first male single skater to win a medal for Italy at the event in 55 years, since Carlo Fassi's gold in 1954. At the 2009 World Championships, Contesti placed 5th, his career-best finish at the event.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Cup of China||4th||6th|
|GP Cup of Russia||4th|
|GP NHK Trophy||4th|
|GP Skate America||8th|
|GP Skate Canada||5th|
|Mont Blanc Trophy||1st||1st|
|World Team Trophy||6th T |
|Japan Open||1st T
|T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.|
|Bofrost Cup on Ice||4th|
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