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Matt Savoie

Born: September 12, 1980 – Peoria, Illinois
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Training Town: Peoria, Illinois
Coach: Linda Branan, Gene Hefron
Choreographer: Tom Dickson

U.S. Team

Event News
World's Best Skaters Perform in the Marshalls Spotlight
Lysacek Captures the Bronze at World Championships
Movement at the Top in Men's Short Program at Worlds
Men's Qualifying Opens 2006 World Championships
Shake-up in Men's Final at Olympic Winter Games
Records Fall in Olympic Men's Short Program
Twists and Turns During Four Continents Men's Final
Personal Bests Fall in Four Continents Men's Short Program
Lysacek Withdraws from Grand Prix Final and Marshalls Challenge Due to Injury
Team USA in Beijing for Cup of China
Czisny is Golden at Skate Canada
Skate Canada Underway at Mile One Stadium
Four U.S. Medals in One Day at Four Continents Championships
U.S. Skaters In Position to Medal at Four Continents
U.S. Team in Korea for Four Continents Championships

Competitive History
2006   World Championships - 11th 2000   World Junior Championships - 3rd
2006   Olympic Winter Games - 7th 2000   State Farm U.S. Championships - 4th
2006   Four Continents Championships - 3rd 2000   Midwestern Sectional - 2nd
2006   State Farm U.S. Championships - 3rd 1999   Nations Cup - 3rd
2005   Cup of China - 7th 1999   Skate America - 5th
2005   Skate Canada - 5th 1999   Keri Lotion Classic (Team USA) - 2nd
2005   Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge - 4th 1999   ISU Junior Grand Prix Final - 6th
2005   Four Continents Championships - 5th 1999   State Farm U.S. Championships - 4th
2005   State Farm U.S. Championships - 4th 1999   World Junior Championships - 4th
2004   Bofrost Cup on Ice - 3rd 1999   World Junior Team Selection - 1st
2004   Cup of China - 8th 1998   Junior Grand Prix Final - 3rd
2004   World Figure Skating Championships - 16th 1998   China Junior International - 4th
2004   State Farm U.S. Championships - 3rd 1998   Grand Prix St. Gervais - 3rd
2003   NHK Trophy - 9th 1998   State Farm U.S. Championships - 11th
2003   State Farm U.S. Championships - 5th 1998   Midwestern Sectional - 3rd
2002   Crest Whitestrips Challenge - 6th 1998   Upper Great Lakes Regional - 1st
2002   Cup of Russia - 5th 1997   Pokal Der Blauen Schwerter - 1st
2002   Smart Ones Skate America - 3rd 1997   Grand Prix St. Gervais - 2nd
2002   Campbell's Classic - 5th 1997   Gardena Winter Trophy - 1st
2002   Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 1st 1997   State Farm U.S. Championships, Junior - 1st
2002   World Championships - 12th 1997   Midwestern Sectional, Junior - 3rd
2002   Four Continents Championships - 5th 1997   Upper Great Lakes Regional, Junior - 1st
2002   State Farm U.S. Championships - 4th 1996   State Farm U.S. Championships, Novice - 4th
2001   Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 1st 1996   Midwestern Sectional, Novice - 4th
2001   Cup of Russia - 4th 1996   Upper Great Lakes Regional, Novice - 1st
2001   Smart Ones Skate America - 6th 1995   State Farm U.S. Championships, Novice - 8th
2001   ISU Grand Prix Final - 3rd 1995   Midwestern Sectional, Novice - 3rd
2001   Four Continents Championships - 4th 1995   Upper Great Lakes Regional, Novice - 3rd
2001   State Farm U.S. Championships - 3rd 1994   Upper Great Lakes (Pre-Intermediate) - 2nd
2000   Cup of Russia - 3rd 1993   Upper Great Lakes (Pre-Intermediate) - 1st
2000   Skate Canada - 3rd 

2005-06 Season Notes
Short program music: "Adagio for Strings"; Free skate music: Soundtrack from "The Mission"



2004-05 Season Notes
Short program music: "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber; Free skate music: "Exotic" from Cirque du Soleil

2003-04 Season Notes
Savoie missed his first Grand Prix assignment this year due to injury ... He returned to skate at NHK Trophy and finished ninth ... Despite not being 100 percent due to his knee injury, Savoie finished third at the 2004 State Farm U.S. Championships and will be on the 2004 World Team ... Short Program Music: "Mandala", "Spirit of Taiko"; Free Skate Music: "Ragtime".

2002-03 Season Notes
Competing with tendinosis in his left knee, Savoie finished in fifth place at the 2003 State Farm U.S. Championships ... In his final event prior to the 2003 U.S. Championships, Savoie finished sixth at the Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge in Auburn Hills, Mich., Dec. 13 ... In the 2002-03 ISU Grand Prix Series, Savoie rebounded from sixth in the short program to claim the bronze medal at Smart Ones Skate America ... At the Cup of Russia, Savoie placed fifth and finished the Grand Prix Series in ninth position ... Savoie opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 5 ...

2001-02 Season Notes
Savoie graduated summa cum laude in May 2002 from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., earning a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in biology ... Skating in his first World Championships, Savoie placed 12th. Savoie replaced six-time U.S. champion and three-time Olympian Todd Eldredge, who retired from Olympic-eligible skating following his sixth-place finish in Salt Lake City ... In January, Savoie placed fifth in the 2002 Four Continents Championships in Jeonju City, Korea ...

Notes
Savoie began skating at the age of 9 because it was hot that summer and the rink was the coolest place he could find ... Has undergraduate degree from Bradley University in political science ... In May 2005, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a master of urban planning ...Named AICP Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2005 ... Hobbies include reading, biking and swimming ... Motto in life is “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world” (Cervantes) ... Likes any books by David Sedaris, William Faulkner or Annie Dillard ... Eventually wants to attend law school and find a career integrating law and urban planning ... Describes himself as introverted, stubborn and ambitious ... Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because "no gifts, just food." ... Would like to meet Serena Williams because he admires her efforts to excel at her sport while simultaneously pursuing other interests.