Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Canada's Buttle retires as world figure skating champ

Jeffrey Buttle, Canada's reigning world figure skating champion, announced his retirement from amateur competition today, but said he would remain a part of the skating scene in Canada for 2010 when the winter Olympics come to Vancouver.

"After such a momentous win (in March at the world championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in March), I started looking at everything I accomplished in skating, and in coming to this decision, I had to make sure I was satisfied with everything I did," said Buttle, 26, a native of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

Buttle, who made the announcement at a press conference this morning at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, actually made up his mind earlier after talking to several skaters and his family. But he decided to take the summer and train as if he was going to continue competing for Canada, so he could be 100 per cent certain of his decision.

Full article.

Another article from Skate Canada here.

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