Craig Buntin

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Craig Buntin
Meagan DUHAMEL Craig BUNTIN TEB 2008.jpg
Duhamel and Buntin in 2008
Personal information
Full name Craig Buntin
Country represented  Canada
Born (1980-05-27) May 27, 1980 (age 35)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Home town St-Leonard, Quebec
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partner Meagan Duhamel
Valérie Marcoux
Elizabeth Putnam
Virginia Toombs
Marie Laurier
Chantal Poirier
Angela Kang
Chantal Chailler
Sarah Robinson
Former coach Richard Gauthier
Manon Perron
Bruno Marcotte
Sylvie Fullum
Paul Wirtz
Jamie McGrigor
Shannon Allison
Karen Bond
Former choreographer Julie Marcotte
Skating club CPA St. Leonard
Retired July 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 169.61
2008 Worlds
Short program 62.08
2009 Four Continents
Free skate 109.60
2008 Worlds

Craig Buntin (born May 27, 1980 in North Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian pair skater. With former partner Meagan Duhamel, he is the 2009 Canadian silver medalist, the 2008 & 2010 Canadian bronze medalist, and the 2010 Four Continents bronze medalist. With Valérie Marcoux, he represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they placed 11th.


With partner Chantal Poirier, Buntin is the 2000 Canadian junior national champion. He teamed up with Valérie Marcoux in 2002 and together they are the 2004-2006 Canadian national champion. They split in early 2007 when Valérie Marcoux decided to retire from competition.[1]

In June 2007, Buntin teamed up with Meagan Duhamel.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[3] Duhamel and Buntin were the first pair to successfully land a throw triple lutz in competition.[2]

In July 2010, Buntin announced his retirement from competitive figure skating.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Buntin studied for his MBA degree at McGill University.[4] He married in August 2011.[5]


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]

With Duhamel[edit]

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

With Marcoux[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 11th
Worlds 9th 9th 5th 6th
Four Continents 3rd 4th
Grand Prix Final 5th
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of China 3rd 4th
GP Cup of Russia 7th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate Canada 6th 7th 5th 3rd 3rd
Bofrost Cup 1st 2nd
Nebelhorn 1st
Canadian Champ. 4th 1st 1st 1st 2nd
GP = Grand Prix

Early career[edit]

Partner Chailler Kang Poirier Laurier
Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01
World Junior Championships 8th
JGP Final 6th
JGP Canada 1st
JGP Japan 2nd
Canadian Championships 14th N. 8th N. 11th N. 1st J. 6th J.
N. = Novice level, J. = Junior level
JGP = Junior Grand Prix


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

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