Figure Skating in Northern Ontario
Jeffrey Buttle is Making His Mark on the Season
Jeffrey Buttle, born in tiny village of Smooth Rock Falls and formerly trained by Wendy Philion in Sudbury is starting the figure skating season with a bang.
In the ISU Grand Prix segment held in Halifax during October, the MasterCard Skate Canada Int., Jeffery placed third behind two other Canadian men.
In the middle of November he won gold at the Cup of China in Beijing with a commanding lead of nearly 14 points ahead of his competition.
And he won silver behind Plushenko in December at the prestigious Grand Prix Final!
Last season Jeffrey also won gold at the NHK Trophy meet in Japan, silver at the MasterCard Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ont., and silver in the International Figure Skating Challenge at Auburn Hills, Mich.
These days Jeffrey splits his training time between Barrie, Ont., and Lake Arrowhead, Calif., and is the latest star to rise from head coach Doug Leigh's world class training center, Mariposa. Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko came from the same center and went on to win world championships. Could this be the year that Jeffrey joins their heady company?