There’s something undeniably romantic about couples figure skating — even if the team isn’t even romantically involved. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who are representing Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, are the perfect example. The two have only been skating together for a couple of years, but they’re already fan favorites. Probably because their routines together are nothing short of beautiful.
Savchenko, 34, nabbed her first European crown when she was in her 20s. Her last partner, Robin Szolkowy, helped her win five world titles and four European titles, but he decided to retire from the sport back in 2014. Luckily, Savchenko managed to find a new rhythm with Massot pretty quickly, which is one of the reasons why they’ve been so successful without having much history together as skating partners.
In the same interview, she mentioned how trust is important when skating with a partner, and compared her craft to a mix of “art and sport and music,” calling her routines “art on ice.” And fyi, Savchenko is a reported 5’0″ — an entire foot shorter than Massot. Which makes for an interesting visual.
One of the things that set the pair apart is the fact that their coaches let them work out their own choreography throughout the season. In an interview with International Skating Union, Massot notes that it all comes down to teamwork.
Savchenko — who got married to her long-time boyfriend Liam Cross in 2016 — seems to be pretty friendly with Massot’s partner, often posting comments on her Instagram. So we have a feeling these two maintain a pretty strong friendship off the ice as well.
We’re wishing Savchenko and Massot the best of luck this year!