And, zaphyre14, if you need to look at what the other competitors did who were placed ahead of Matt that year, why not go back and do the research yourself. You're the one seemingly trying to belittle Matt's accomplishments and disprove the clear fact that he was under-appreciated during his competitive career. Matt Savoie is a skater's skater whose performances had great influence in a subtle but very impacting way. His skating still delights and mesmerizes fans who understand that he epitomizes the essence of what skating is all about: pure technique/ pure athleticism combined with pure artistry and heartfelt emotion. Matt Savoie was a skater who was not only ahead of his time, he also transcended time in joyous moments on the ice that will live forever.
To claim that Matt wasn't "World Podium material" is actually meaningless, even despite being a dismissive insult. I'll bet lots of skaters WISH they could skate like Matt Savoie did in his Worlds debut, or indeed skate like Matt on any given day, and that includes current World champion, Patrick Chan. I don't think it's a coincidence that Kathy Johnson, former mentor and dance instructor for both Matt Savoie and Jeremy Abbott, is now exclusively coaching Patrick Chan.
Despite his World podium medals and substantial top-notch skating assets, Patrick is essentially still searching for his own elusive identity and self-acceptance as a skater on the ice. Patrick is a wannabe trying to follow and live up to the genuine authenticity and artistry of Canadian giants, Toller Cranston, Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Jeff Buttle, and he's trying to equal the artistic excellence of skaters like Matt Savoie, Jeremy Abbott, Dai Takahashi, Stephane Lambiel, and Johnny Weir. Having a boatload of medals doesn't actually provide anyone with the transcendent stature, esteemed reputation and legacy of genuine performance quality and magical moments on ice that the aforementioned skaters have achieved, and in whose bootsteps Patrick is at the moment a mere speck even despite his humongous SS.
Thank you, Matt!
Who cares about the clueless marks! If chills don't run up your spine watching this seamless performance, are you truly a skating fan?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-zsYqfw-pg 2006 Olympics fp
Amazing transitions and musical interpretation. Just wow! Matt Savoie is inspiring in the way that he overcame his shyness, self-doubts, skating politics, performance anxieties and athletic pressures to achieve his goals and his dreams. Kudos!
I love Matt Savoie! I love Tom Dickson!