Date of Birth:  September 1, 1982
 Place of Birth: Smooth Rock Falls, ON
 Residence: Barrie, ON
 Years on National Team:
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 Height:  5'8"
 Weight: N/A

After winning the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships, Jeffrey Buttle comes into the Olympic year as someone to watch in the men's figure skating competition at the Turin Games in 2006. And although he has been somewhat overshadowed by Canadian teammate Emanuel Sandu in the past, Buttle's achievements over the past couple of years gives Canada a solid one-two combination for Italy.

Born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario on September 1, 1982, Buttle now lives and trains in Sudbury. He began skating when he was just two-years-old and showed immediate potential.

A great junior skater, Buttle first really started turning heads in 2002, when he stepped on to the podium to claim a bronze medal at the Canadian Nationals. Over the next three years he would come second (2003), third (2004) and first (2005) at the event. At the same time, he was starting to make his mark on the international scene, placing first at a pair of prestigious Grand Prix events in 2004 - the ISU Four Continents and ISU Cup of China.

This success would prove to be a prelude to Buttle's glorious day at the 2005 World's in Moscow a year ago and again in November of 2005 when he claimed the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris.

Now, on the eve of the Games, Buttle looks poised to take his place in Canada's rich figure skating tradition alongside former Canuck stars like Brian Orser, Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.



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February 9: SUN Prediction: Bronze Medal
January 17: Buttle's dreaming of gold
January 17: Buttle's dreaming of gold
January 16: Buttle determined to medal

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