Craig Buntin

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Craig Buntin
Meagan DUHAMEL Craig BUNTIN TEB 2008.jpg
Duhamel and Buntin in 2008
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1980-05-27) May 27, 1980 (age 40)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PartnerMeagan Duhamel, Valérie Marcoux, Elizabeth Putnam, Virginia Toombs, Marie Laurier, Chantal Poirier, Angela Kang, Chantal Chailler, Sarah Robinson
CoachRichard Gauthier, Manon Perron, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum, Paul Wirtz, Jamie McGrigor, Shannon Allison, Karen Bond
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Skating clubCPA St. Leonard
Training locationsSt-Leonard, Quebec
RetiredJuly 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total169.61
2008 Worlds
Short program62.08
2009 Four Continents
Free skate109.60
2008 Worlds

Craig Buntin (born May 27, 1980) is a Canadian former pair skater. He is the co-founder and CEO of Sportlogiq, an AI-powered sports analytics company based in Montreal, Quebec. With former partner Meagan Duhamel, he is the 2009 Canadian silver medallist, the 2008 & 2010 Canadian bronze medallist, and the 2010 Four Continents bronze medallist. With Valérie Marcoux, he represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they placed 11th.

Personal life[edit]

Buntin was born on May 27, 1980 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] He studied for his MBA degree at McGill University.[2] He married in August 2011.[3]


Early partnerships[edit]

Buntin won the 2000 Canadian junior national title with Chantal Poirier. He teamed up with Valérie Marcoux in 2002. The pair won gold at three consecutive Canadian Championships, from 2004 to 2006. Their partnership ended in early 2007 when Valérie Marcoux decided to retire from competition.[4]

Partnership with Duhamel[edit]

In June 2007, Buntin teamed up with Meagan Duhamel.[5] At their first competition together, the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy, they won the silver medal. In January 2008, the pair won the bronze medal at the Canadian Nationals but during the exhibition Buntin injured his shoulder, with which he had previous problems, as a result of a timing issue.[5] They missed the Four Continents but competed at the 2008 World Championships in Sweden on March 19, 2008, despite the shoulder still being a problem, and finished 6th. However, their participation aggravated Buntin's injury, tearing the rotator cuff, the labrum and three tendons; he had surgery in April and the recovery took seven to eight months.[5] They could not practice lifts until two weeks before 2008 Skate America so they worked on adding variations to their elements, such as a spread eagle entrance into a lift and a death spiral with the opposite hand.[5] In November 2008, during the long program at the Trophée Eric Bompard, Duhamel accidentally sliced Buntin's hand a minute into the program on a move right after their side-by-side toe loop jumps and blood dripped on the ice; the pair stopped to get his hand bandaged and resumed the program to win the bronze medal.[6] Duhamel and Buntin were the first pair to successfully land a throw triple lutz in competition.[5]

In July 2010, Buntin announced his retirement from competitive figure skating.[2]


With Duhamel[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Selection of music
    by Pierre Porte
  • 4 Lamentations
  • Best Latin Tango
    by Rodrigo Buertillo
  • Tosca
    by Giacomo Puccini

With Marcoux[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • L'Amour
    by Osvaldo Montes
  • Our Song
    by Paul Kunigis
  • Fever
  • Jump, Jive and Wail

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Duhamel[edit]

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
World Championships 6th 8th
Four Continents Champ. 4th 3rd
GP Trophée Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of China 4th
GP Skate America 4th WD
GP Skate Canada 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
Canadian Championships 3rd 2nd 3rd
WD = Withdrew

With Marcoux[edit]

Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07
Winter Olympics 11th
World Champ. 9th 9th 5th 6th
Four Continents Champ. 3rd 4th
GP Final 5th
GP Cup of China 3rd 4th
GP Cup of Russia 7th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate Canada 6th 7th 5th 3rd 3rd
GP Trophée Bompard 3rd
Bofrost Cup on Ice 1st 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Canadian Champ. 4th 1st 1st 1st 2nd

Early career[edit]

Partner Chailler Kang Poirier[16] Laurier
Event 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01
World Junior Champ. 8th
JGP Final 6th
JGP Canada 1st
JGP Japan 2nd
Canadian Champ. 14th N 8th N 11th N 1st J 6th J
N = Novice level, J = Junior level


  1. ^ a b "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b "Three-time Canadian Champion Craig Buntin retires from competitive figure skating". Skate Canada. SkateBuzz. July 13, 2010. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 8, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Catching Up with Emily Hughes". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (January 30, 2008). "Lucky Seven for Duhamel and Buntin?". SkateToday. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Mittan, J. Barry (May 17, 2009). "Duhamel and Buntin Close to the Top". GoldenSkate. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  6. ^ Smith, Beverley (November 15, 2008). "Bad cut can't stop Buntin". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "Valerie MARCOUX / Craig BUNTIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "Valerie MARCOUX / Craig BUNTIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "Valerie MARCOUX / Craig BUNTIN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ Mittan, Barry (January 9, 2005). "Marcoux and Buntin Hope to Keep on Top". Skate Today.
  13. ^ "Valerie MARCOUX / Craig BUNTIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 15, 2004.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  14. ^ a b "Competition Results: Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN". International Skating Union.
  15. ^ a b "Valerie MARCOUX / Craig BUNTIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Chantal POIRIER / Craig BUNTIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 28, 2017.

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