Ice Dancers Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin Announce End of Partnership

Morgan Matthews and Max Zavozin
Photo by Paul Harvath

(2/26/2007) - Ice dancers Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin announced today the end of their partnership. In their six years together, they were the 2005 World Junior champions, the 2006 Four Continents silver medalists, the 2004 Junior Grand Prix champions and two-time U.S. junior champions. Matthews decided to end their partnership based on creative differences and contrasting opinions on training tactics. Both are continuing to skate and are looking for new partners.

“It was mostly my decision,” Matthews said. “It was based on the past several years of our career together. I grew as a skater, getting so much international experience. As a person, it made me a lot stronger, and it taught me how to get along with a partner. We skated together for six years and a lot can change in that amount of time; we just grew apart.”

Matthews and Zavozin met at the ice dancing tryouts at the 2001 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Mass. Shortly after, Matthews moved to Florida to train with Zavozin under coaches Elena Garanina and Val Spiridonov, Zavozin's mother and stepfather. A few years later they moved to Ashburn, Va., where they have trained since.

The team found success early, medaling at its first event, the 2002 U.S. Championships, by taking third in novice, followed by its two U.S. junior titles in 2003 and 2004. After moving up to the senior ranks, Matthews & Zavozin finished fifth, fourth and fifth at the three ensuing U.S. Championships. They were alternates for the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Canada, and were named to the U.S. Team when Jamie Silverstein & Ryan O'Meara withdrew. Matthews & Zavozin finished 16th at that event.

“The decision was made by Morgan,” Zavozin said. “It's a shame that was her decision because we have had such a successful career, especially when we became World Junior champions and when we captured the silver medal at Four Continents last year. I was planning to work through it and to become even better than we have been. We enjoyed our years skating together. My goal, like it was with Morgan, is to be one of the best teams in the world with whoever I'm going to skate with next.”

Zavozin is continuing to skate under Garanina and Spiridonov and is looking for a new partner. Matthews first will search for a new coach and will then begin looking for a new partner.