With Szolkowy leaving the stage she turned to Massot, a native of the Normandy city of Caen who moved to Germany and received German citizenship only last November.
It was a move that paid off handsomely with this title Germany's first in the pairs since Ria Baran and Paul Falk in 1952.
One couple that were ruing missing out on a medal was Vladimir Morozov and Evgenia Tarasova.
The European champions, competing under the Olympic Athletes from Russia flag, were placed second after the short programme, but errors in their free dance to Candyman left a sour taste and they had to settle for fourth.
Les premières séances d'entraînement se passent très bien.
Aliona et Robin deviennent à la surprise générale champions d'Allemagne, alors qu'ils ne patinent ensemble que depuis quelques mois.Ils prendront la 6e place lors des Jeux Olympiques et des championnats du monde.Aliona et Robin réalisent un très bon début de saison.Kim said: "I was very nervous about the competition, but once we went in, the sight of our cheer squad and the southern countrymen cheering together offered great support and stimulation."I'd like to express my gratitude to the people of the South.Sui, who revealed she was feeling pain from an injury, looked visibly disappointed and said: "I was quite nervous, this being my first Olympic Games."We really wanted to do well, but simply fell too short in the end.Mais comme Aliona vient juste de quitter son pays, elle ne peut encore participer aux championnats d'Europe et du monde.Le couple peut enfin montrer tous ses talents dans les compétitions internationales.Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada took bronze.The 34-year-old Savchenko's dream of an elusive first gold at her fifth Winter Games had looked dashed after an unfortunate error by her French-born partner Massot — who only received German citizenship in November — in Wednesday's short programme.