World Champion Jeffrey Buttle retires from competitive figure skating



    Skate Canada celebrates his career and says farewell to a champion

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Skate Canada announced today that Jeffrey
Buttle, 26, of Smooth Rock Falls, ON, is retiring from competitive figure
skating. Buttle is the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and the 2008 World
Champion. He is the first Canadian men's world champion in 11 years, and began
competing on the international stage in 1997.
    "Skate Canada has provided me with so many opportunities and
unforgettable memories, and skating will always be a part of my life," said
Jeffrey Buttle. "Representing Canada around the world has been an honour and
I'm very proud of my achievements as a competitive figure skater. I've had so
much support throughout my career - I'll be forever grateful to my fans,
coaches and of course, my family."
    "Jeff has been a leader and ambassador for our sport and country over the
years," said William Thompson, Skate Canada Chief Executive Officer. "He has
embraced his role as a Canadian Champion, World Champion and Olympian by being
a role model for young skaters in Canada and will continue to be involved and
support Skate Canada. We will miss his wonderful blend of artistry and
athleticism and wish him nothing but the best in the future."
    "When Jeff skated two flawless performances to become the 2008 World
Champion, it could not have happened to a better person," said Mike Slipchuk,
Skate Canada Director of High Performance. "To become Canadian Champion, World
Champion, and Olympic bronze medalist is a testament to the hard work and
dedication he put into his competitive career. We look forward to Jeff
continuing to be a part of the Skate Canada family in the years ahead."
    In 1998, Buttle won the silver medal in the junior men's discipline at
the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and in 2005 he would capture his
first of three senior men's Canadian Champion titles.
    Buttle continued that success on the international stage. In 2002 and
2004, he captured gold at the ISU Four Continents Championships. Buttle was a
regular on the ISU Grand Prix circuit, placing second at the ISU Grand Prix
Final in 2004 and 2005. During his career on the Grand Prix circuit Buttle
earned gold three times, first at the 2003 NHK Trophy in Japan, followed by
the Cup of China in 2004 and the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard.
    In 2006, Buttle attended his first Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, where
he won the bronze medal for Canada. In 2008, he captured gold at the ISU World
Figure Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Buttle is a member of the Mariposa School of Skating where he was coached
by Lee Barkell and Rafael Arutyunyan.
    Buttle will retire as a three-time Canadian Champion, Olympic bronze
medalist and the reigning World Champion.
    Skate Canada would like to congratulate Jeff for all his success in the
sport of figure skating.

    Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development
and administration of skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating
association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages,
offered at 1303 clubs and 60 skating schools(*) across the country, Skate Canada
is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to
learn life skills while experiencing the power, strength and creativity of one
of Canada's premier sports.
    In 2008, Skate Canada produced three World medalists: Jessica Dubé and
Bryce Davison, bronze in pair; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, silver in ice
dance and Jeff Buttle, World Champion.
    "Skate Canada...teaching Canadians to skate since 1887"

    (*) As at August 30, 2007.





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