| Date of Birth:
May 27, 1980
Place of Birth: North Vancouver, BC
Residence: St. Leonard, QC
Years on National Team:
Craig Buntin comes to the Turin Games in 2006 with his pairs figure skating partner Valérie Marcoux. It is the first Olympic Games for the 25-year-old North Vancouver native.
As a young boy, Buntin didn't expect to become a figure skater. He had planned on playing hockey, but when he went to a local rink to take skating lessons, Buntin found he enjoyed the sport a great deal and has never looked back.
Prior to 2002, the strapping Buntin was partnered with Chantal Poirier. However, the partnership ended that same year when Buntin decided to try skating with his girlfriend, Valérie Marcoux. The off-ice relationship was already solid, but the on-ice pairing turned out to be pretty good as well, as the new team enjoyed some immediate success by winning an event in Nebelhorn, Germany that year.
Unfortunately, the first place finishes became scarce shortly therafter. However, some recent good showings, including back-to-back Canadian Championships in 2004 and 2005 have served notice that they are a team to contend with.
Their international results have also been improving of late. Despite coming in a disappointing ninth place at the 2005 World Championships, they did manage to pick up a couple of bronze medals on the Grand Prix circuit during the 2004-05 season, including at the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris.
Buntin and Marcoux, who now live and train in Montreal, will skate their short program to the song Hey Big Spender and their long program to Paul Kungis' Our Song.
January 15: Another title for Buntin, Marcoux
2006 Figureskating Coverage