Jeffrey Buttle

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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin Men's singles
Jeffrey Buttle
File:Jeff buttle.jpg
Personal information
Country represented Canada
ResidenceBarrie, Ontario
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
CoachLee Barkell,
Rafael Arutunian
Skating clubSudbury SC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total227.59
2006 Olympics
Short program77.39
2005 Worlds
Free skate154.30
2006 Olympics
Most Recent Results:
Event Points Finish Year
Olympic Winter Games 227.59 3rd 2006
World Championships 241.59 6th 2006
Four Continents - 1st 2004
National Championships 266.90 1st 2006
Grand Prix Final 214.34 2nd 2005–06

Jeffrey Buttle (born September 1, 1982 in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario) is a Canadian figure skater.

Buttle currently lives and trains in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and Lake Arrowhead, California, USA, where he is coached by Lee Barkell and Rafael Arutunian. He is the 2006 Canadian Men's Champion and the 2005 World silver medalist. In the 2005-2006 Olympics season, Buttle won Trophée Eric Bompard and came in second at Skate Canada. With a gold and a silver medal, he qualified for the 2005 Grand Prix Final and captured his second consecutive silver medal.

2006 Olympic Winter Games

In 2006, Jeffrey Buttle won a bronze medal in men's figure skating during the Turin Olympics in February. He initially skated a flawed short program that left him in 6th place which led many Canadian sport analysts to dismiss his chances of winning a medal. When Buttle skated his free skate 2 days later, he fell down on his attempt at a quad toe jump and then put a hand down on the ice after a triple jump. After this inauspicious beginning, however, he pulled himself together to rip of "six successful triples and tied his free skate together with the spins, footwork and choreography" to win 154.30 points--a personal best, and second only to Russian Evgeni Plushenko who was the undisputed winner of this event. (see The Vancouver Sun, February 27, 2006, p.D7) 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.

Buttle is known for the complex and unique choreography of his programs, which are created by David Wilson. His inventive spins and difficult footwork are favored by the Code of Points, figure skating's new judging system, because he does not like to take unnecessary risks on the ice.

Competitive highlights

  • Two-time Four Continents Champion (2002, 2004).
  • Two-time Canadian National Champion (2005, 2006).
  • 2005 World silver medalist
  • 2006 Olympic bronze medalist

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