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<!>2008-2009 Figure Skating Season<!>


2008-2009 Figure Skating Season
The season before the Vancouver Olympics


GRAND PRIX SEASON
Skate America
Everett,USA October 23rd-26th
Notables:
Lysacek,Weir,Van de Perren
Kim,Nakano,Ando,Nagasu,Meissner
Savchenko/Szolkowy,Duhamel/Buntin,Mukhortova/Trankov
Delobel/Schoenfelder,Belbin/Agosto,Kerr/Kerr,Jost/Jost

Skate Canada
Ottawa,CAN October 31st-November 2nd
Notables:
Voronov,Lysacek,Chan
Kostner,Rochette,Zhang,Liang
Dube/Davison,Kawaguchi/Smirnov
Pechalat/Bourzat,Davis/White

Cup of China
Beijing,CHN November 6th-9th
Notables:
Takahashi,Carriere
Kim,Meier,Lepisto,Ando
Zhang/Zhang,Pang/Tong,Volosozhar/Morozov
Belbin/Agosto,Khokhlova/Novitski,Zaretski/Zaretski,Domnina/Shabalin

Trophee Eric Bompard
Paris,FRA November 13th-16th
Notables:
Joubert,Preaubert
Asada,Rochette,Liang,Zhang
Savchenko/Szolkowy,Mukhortova/Trankov,Duhamel/Buntin
Delobel/Schoenfelder,Faiella/Scali,Kerr/Kerr

Cup of Russia
Moscow,RUS November 20th-23rd
Notables:
Joubert,Van de Perren,Voronov,Preaubert
Kostner,Meier,Meissner,Flatt
Zhang/Zhang,Kawagushi/Smirnov,Volosozhar/Morozov
Khokhlova/Novitski,Zaretski/Zaretski,Cappellini/Zanote,Domnina/Shabalin

NHK Trophy
Tokyo,JPN November 27th-30th
Notables:
Weir,Takahashi,Carriere
Asada,Nakano,Lepisto,Nagasu
Dube/Davison,Pang/Tong,Inoue/Baldwin
Virtue/Moir,Faiella/Scali,Pechalat/Bourzat

Grand Prix Final
Goyang City,SKOR December 10th-14th
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
Los Angeles,USA March 23rd-29th

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Buttle Announces Retirement from Figure Skating

TORONTO - At a time when many Canadian athletes are finding motivation in the allure of competing at the Vancouver Olympics, Jeffrey Buttle found his desire to skate for gold on home turf just wasn't there.
Already on top of the world after capturing the men's title at the world championships in March, an impressive progression from his bronze at the 2006 Olympics, the 26-year-old from Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., was becoming one of the country's most prominent names for the 2010 Winter Games.
But a renewed sense of purpose spurred along by his world title never took hold, with Buttle instead discovering a sense of contentment with all he had already achieved. He decided to keep training through the summer, even developing two new programs, to ensure what he was feeling wasn't simply a temporary malaise.
It wasn't, and that led to his surprise retirement from competitive figure skating Wednesday, a mere 17 months before the Vancouver Olympics begin.
"That was definitely the battle that was going on in my mind," Buttle said after a news conference. "I had to decide was that something that I really wanted. After the world championships, I was so happy with winning that I had to reflect on how important that was to me, and having the Olympics here in Vancouver is important to me, but winning them wasn't.
"I don't know, it just wasn't in my heart."
Buttle didn't make the decision alone.
He sought advice from Canadian greats like Kurt Browning and Brian Orser, among others, even as he continued work on a quad jump, the one element missing from his repertoire.
At times the inner turmoil about his future would hit him like a tumble to the ice. Then it would be business as usual.
Ultimately it became apparent to him that his thoughts of retirement, which began soon after the world championship win, weren't going to fade.
His next competition would have been November's Skate Canada in Ottawa.
"I basically spent a normal summer of training and nothing was any different than it had been in past years," Buttle said of his workouts. "At the end of the summer I just wasn't feeling it."
What he is feeling is a desire to skate professionally in performance shows, and complete his chemical engineering degree at the University of Toronto.
Beyond that he's not sure what's in store for him, although he plans to remain involved with Skate Canada at some level.
His departure from the scene leaves Patrick Chan, who took the national crown away from Buttle in January, as one of the country's top hopes for men's figure skating in 2010.
Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said other skaters must now fill, "Jeff's rather large skates."
"I know they can do it and they will rise to this challenge," he continued. "But each day is going to be a turning point for all of their training as well."
Buttle leaves them lots to aspire to.
The main knock on him has been his lack of a quad - an element that's becoming a staple among the elite men in figure skating. It's a charge that caused both Thompson and Lee Barkell, Buttle's coach of 18 years, to bristle.
"Technical advancement is not simply about jumps," said Thompson. "I think what he brought to the sport was unique and beautiful and artistic and athletic. And I will miss that."
Buttle's footwork and spins often left competitors in the dust and Barkell believes that isn't recognized often enough.
"A lot of people don't know how hard he had to work to become that all-around good skater," he said. "That's something everyone needs to appreciate."
Similarly important for the country's next generation is to learn from the determination and perseverance Buttle showed on the ice.
Success didn't come until later in his career, once he learned to better handle the mental side of skating.
"He never ever won a novice or junior championship, it wasn't instant success," said Barkell. "He wasn't very good on the junior circuit, he was somebody who was very naturally talented but I believe he had to teach himself and learn how to compete."
That growth culminated in March when Buttle became the first Canadian to win the men's world title since Elvis Stojko in 1997.
Skating last, he pulled off a clean routine to beat 2007 champion Brian Joubert of France by a whopping margin of nearly 14 points.
He first won gold at the ISU Four Continents Championships in 2002 and 2004 and added silver medals at the ISU Grand Prix Finals in 2004 and 2005.
Buttle won gold three times on the Grand Prix circuit, finishing first at the 2003 NHK Trophy in Japan, the Cup of China in 2004 and the 2005 Trophee Eric Bompard.
Then came the bronze in Turin.
Interestingly, when asked what he'd miss most about amateur skating, he said the discipline of routine and the thrill of competition.
Asked what he wouldn't miss, he replied: "Skating last at a major competition. My God, that's the biggest pressure situation and I couldn't think of a better way to finish it than skating last and having that kind of pressure and still pulling out a clean performance. That was a big hurdle for me."
He cleared it, and now walks away having nailed perhaps the biggest performance of his life with a near perfect routine.
Could he pull it off again in Vancouver? Who knows. But by walking away now, he goes out on top.
"If he's going to Vancouver, it's to take a serious shot at winning," said Barkell. "That means being able to train every single day with that passion and determination that he's always done and if it's even 90 per cent, that's not going to be enough.
"To realize that and to be that honest and have the guts to make that decision, I admire that because I've seen a lot of people stay in too long or for the wrong reasons."
Buttle knew it and didn't fight it.
"I just came to the conclusion that I wasn't continuing on for all the right reasons," he said. "The city that the Olympics is in shouldn't be the motivating factor. I have to feel it inside.
"That was the breaking point."

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Where is Alissa Ciszny????

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oh and Yukari Nakano

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Go Kiira Korpi and Russians

oh and Yukari Nakano
Alissa will be at Skate Canada.

Good luck Miki.
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Only Buttle retired?
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Go Caroline and Mirai! And Mao and Yu-Na!!!

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So is Michelle Kwan retired?
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I heard she's been training and she's not ruled out 2010. *crossing fingers*

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i love kostner and asada. i can't believe buttle retired; he should have stuck around for the olympics in his country; i can't believe he retired. i love figure skating and can't wait for the new season to begin. i live in la and am so excited the world championships are going to be held here next year. i'm definitely going to go although the tickets seem a bit expensive...maybe i can find someone to invite me, haha.

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Michelle Kwan is deader than dead, as is skating. This sport is such a bore these days. Even with the Vancouver Olympics right around the corner, and literally right in my backyard, I still can't even get remotely excited about it.
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@ Buttle, but good luck to him!!

Can't wait to see Yu-Na'a and Miki's new programmes!

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So is Michelle Kwan retired?
No.

She has retained her eligibility.

Michelle said in Beijing being interviewed during the Olympics
on the Today Show that she will decide by this November wheather
she will go for the 2010 US Team.

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@ Buttle, but good luck to him!!


I would've loved to seen him in Vancouver,
but I too wish him all the best!
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