Jeffrey Buttle Retires from Figure Skating

13 Nov

World champion Jeff Buttle announced Wednesday he has retired from figure skating.

On 10th September 2008, the reigning world champion Jeff Buttle is retiring from figure skating, saying that he’s satisfied with everything he has accomplished in his career.

Buttle, 26, started considering his options following his world championship victory in Sweden this past spring.

Lee Barkell, Buttle’s coach of 18 years, said the one thing that stood out about Buttle above all else was his genuine joy and passion for the sport.

In addition to winning three Canada national titles (2005, 2006 and 2007), he won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. In sixth place after a flawed short program in Italy, Buttle turned in a solid free skate to land on the medal podium.

Buttle won a gold (2008) and a silver (2005) in the world championships. In 2008 Worlds Championship, he didn’t attempt the quadruple jump, but managed to lea almost 14 points ahead of defending champion Brian Joubert of France.

With that victory, he became the first Canadian man to win a world title since Elvis Stojko in 1997.

I was a fan of him skating, and He once cheorographed kim Yuna’s program. I wish him all the best and I hope he will do well in the future.

He’s not the only one who’s retiring this year. Approximately a month later, Stéphane Lambiel, a Swiss figure skater announced his retirement from the sport, citing a hip injury. The 2006 Olympic silver medalist will now perform only in exhibitions.

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Lambiel was only 16 when he skated for Switzerland at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He was also the world champion in 2005 and 2006. He won silver at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, behind Evgeny Plushenko of Russia. The last Grand Prix Final he won was in 2008.

Although I did not follow his career as much as I followed Buttle’s, I hope he will recover from the injury and do his best in whatever he is planning to do next.

Best of luck to these men. God will be with you, always.

Because I am talking about figure skating now, I think I will just highlight the fourth event of the 2008/2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Trophée Eric Bompard from 13th (today) to 16th November

The event will be held in Paris, and Patrick Chan of Canada, Mao Asada of Japan and Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder of France will return as the defending champions in their discipline respectively.

I am very interested in catching Mao’s new program, and her ‘fixed’ jumps. She had worked very hard to imrpove and fixed her jumps technique, and the fact that she was able to do so in a short period of time is very impressive. She will be the 6th to skate on 14th November for the short program.

Her challenger would be Joannie Rochette, who had won the previous 2008 Skate Canada. Should watch out for Caroline Zhang too, even though she placed 5th in 2008 Skate Canada.

We’ll see the result soon. Watch this space!

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