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Jeffrey Buttle Podium 2008
Jeffrey Buttle
Country represented  Canada
Height  173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Coach  {{{Coach}}}
Choreographer  David Wilson
Skating club  Sudbury SC
Birthdate  September 1, 1982
Retired  September 10, 2008


Jeffrey Buttle (born September 1, 1982) is a Canadian retired competitive figure skater. He is the 2006 Winter Olympics bronze medalist and the 2008 World Champion. On March 22, 2008, Buttle became the first Canadian man since Elvis Stojko in 1997 to win the World Title. He announced his retirement from competitive skating on September 10, 2008.


Latest NewsEdit

  • On March 21, 2009, Jeffrey Buttle explained his skating retirement, why he retired, what's it like to be world champion, and what he wishes for the next championships.[1].


VideosEdit

Jeffrey Buttle & Stephane Lambiel on Ice Japan Tour 2009 Jeffrey Buttle 2008 CBC Newsmorning Interview


TriviaEdit

  • Buttle is the athlete representative on the Skate Canada Officials Advisory Committee.
  • Buttle has choreographed programs for Kim Yu-Na, Lauren Wilson, Karen Zhou and Fedor Andreev.
  • For three years during his competitive career, Buttle toured with Stars on Ice during the off-season.

QuotesEdit

Quote1
That's always sort of the highlight, you put in all the hard and stuff like that and the performance is always given that extra boost at the end when you know that he audience has appreciated it. A Canadian audience is always a warm crowd and never biased, if they see a good performance, doesn't matter who it is, they will stand up.[2]
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Personal lifeEdit

Buttle 2008

Buttle won the World Champion in 2008

2008 WC Men's Podium

Buttle (center) with other medalists at the 2008 World Championships.

Jeffrey Buttle 2003 NHK Trophy

Buttle at the 2003 NHK Trophy, which was his first win on the Grand Prix.

Spread eagle inside

Buttle performs an inside edge spread eagle during the 2004 Four Continents Championships.

Jeffrey Buttle was born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, and he began skating at age two and competing at age six. He also competed in Ice dancing with his older sister Meghan. During his career, he lived in Barrie, Ontario and trained at the Mariposa School of Skating.

He attended École élémentaire Marie-Curie, a French-language elementary school. While Buttle's family is not French-Canadian, Buttle attended French language schools as a child and is perfectly bilingual in English and French. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Toronto part-time before taking time off to focus on his skating.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Buttle won the silver medal on the junior level at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1998. The next year, he placed in the top ten at his first senior nationals. He rose steadily through his ranks, gaining valuable experience on the junior level. He made his senior international debut in the 2001–2002 season, making his mark immediately by winning the silver medal at the NHK Trophy behind Takeshi Honda. At the Canadian Championships, Buttle made his first run on the podium and placed third. It earned him a trip to Korea for the 2002 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, where he won his first gold medal.

Buttle's bronze medal finish at Nationals caused him to be named first alternate to the Canadian 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Team. However, silver medalist Emanuel Sandhu withdrew too late from the competition for Buttle to replace him, so Buttle did not compete. Instead, he went to the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships and placed high enough to earn Canada two spots to the next World Championships.

The next season, Buttle repeated his podium finish at Nationals, but was unable to defend his title at Four Continents. He worked to turn things around in the 2003–2004 season. He won his first gold medal on the Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit and his second silver. Buttle qualified for the Grand Prix Final, but was forced to withdraw. After that setback, he had a disappointing Nationals and did not earn a spot to Worlds. Buttle was instead sent to the Four Continents Championships, which he won for the second time. Buttle decided he needed a change of scenery and spent that summer training in Lake Arrowhead with Rafael Arutunian, and Arutunian is still his secondary coach, after Lee Barkell.

Buttle recovered in the 2004–2005 season. He qualified for the Grand Prix Final a second time and won the silver medal. He went on to win his first National title. He finished the year with a silver medal at the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships.

Senior successEdit

In the 2005–2006 Olympics season, Buttle won the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard and came in second at the 2005 Skate Canada International. With a gold and a silver medal, he qualified for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix Final and captured his second consecutive silver medal at that competition. He went on to win his second National title at the 2006 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and went into the Olympics as the reigning World silver medalist. While not a favorite to win, he was a favorite to medal.

At the Olympics, Buttle skated a flawed short program that left him in sixth place going into the free skate. Two days later, during the free skate, Buttle fell on his attempt at a quad toe jump and then put a hand down on the ice after a triple axel. After this inauspicious beginning, he pulled himself together to pull off a personal best and place second in the free skate, third overall, winning Canada's first bronze medal in men's figure skating since Toller Cranston in 1976. Buttle later said that he kept thinking of winning a medal in his short program but later focused on simply enjoying himself in the free skate program, and it paid off.

After the Olympics, Buttle went on to the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, held in Calgary. He placed sixth.

Buttle withdrew from the 2006 Grand Prix series due to a stress fracture in his back. He began his season at the 2007 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, where he won his third consecutive national title. After Nationals, Buttle went on to the 2007 Four Continents Championships in Colorado. He was the leader after the short program, and became the first male under the Code of Points system to gain level fours on all spins and footwork. A disappointing free skate in which he only did a double axel without combination and a single on the second attempt left him with the silver medal, behind American Evan Lysacek.

Buttle then competed at the 2007 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. In his second international competition of the season, Buttle was second after the short program with a new personal best. He placed eighth in the free skate, dropping down to sixth place overall. His placement, combined with that of Christopher Mabee, earned Canada two spots to the 2008 World Championships.

For the 2007–2008 season, Buttle started off slow placing third and fourth at his two events. At Nationals, despite taking the lead after the short program, he ended up losing his title to a rising star Patrick Chan. At the 2008 Four Continents, after a third place finish in the short program, Buttle went on to place second in the long and consequently won the silver medal.

At the 2008 World Championships, Buttle surprised everyone by edging out the deep field to be in first place after the short program. He then went on to deliver his best ever performance to win the gold medal by a 13.95 point margin of victory over silver medalist Brian Joubert. Following his win at Worlds, Buttle appeared as a guest on many TV shows including CBC's Air Farce Live.

Buttle was initially assigned to the 2008 Skate Canada International and 2008 Cup of China for the 2008/2009 season. He announced his retirement from competitive skating on September 10, 2008, saying that his motivation to compete has ceased.

He appeared in the 2009 "Smuckers Stars on Ice" tour.

Competitive highlightsEdit

Post-2003Edit

Event 2003–2004 2004–2005 2005–2006 2006–2007 2007–2008
figure skater 3rd
World Championships 2nd 6th 6th 1st
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 1st 2nd 2nd
Canadian Figure Skating Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Grand Prix Final WD 2nd 2nd
Skate Canada 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd
Cup of Russia 4th
Trophée Eric Bompard 1st
Cup of China 1st
NHK Trophy 1st
Bofrost Cup on Ice 2nd
  • WD = Withdrew

Pre-2003Edit

Medalist figureskating men torino2006

Buttle (far right) following the medals ceremony at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999 1999–2000 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003
World Championships 8th 15th
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 1st 4th
World Junior Championships 7th
Canadian Figure Skating Championships 2nd J. 10th 6th 9th 3rd 2nd
Skate Canada 7th
NHK Trophy 2nd 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 7th 2nd
Karl Schaefer Memorial 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, China 4th
Junior Grand Prix, China 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 6th
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 6th
  • J = Junior level

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jeffrey Buttle explains his skating retirement, Los Angles Times, March 21, 2009.
  2. Canadian Stars on Ice Interview, Jeffrey's official Website, 6/8/05.

External linksEdit

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