Monday, October 03, 2005

A long, and long-overdue update!

Hey Everyone, Ok, so I got a bit busy with breaking in new boots and blades in time for the National Training camp in Italy, and for the competition in Japan, but I'm back in Lake Arrowhead with a moment to share with anyone who reads this.

First there's something I need to get off my back before I get into my past few weeks. When I compete internationally, and even nationally my parents very seldom are able to come and watch me. In order to find out how I've done at these competitions they usually go on some figure skating chat sites to look for results. What they certainly don't expect to find on these sites are topics questioning their parenting skills. I know this is maybe a side of me that people have never seen before, but I'm the one who chose to be a competitive skater. I've learned to deal with criticism and the odd negative comment because I know that it comes with the territory, but my parents? For the record, my parents are incredible people! They were the ones who supported me both emotionally and economically even when I came last at competitions. Some days when I didn't think I had what it took, they reminded me that all it takes is perseverance. They disciplined my sister and me when we misbehaved, and raised us to treat others as we wished to be treated.

I know that all of the people that read this blog are probably great supporters of mine, so I would ask if you could do this: Ask the others, who may not care for my skating (which is fine of course!), to direct all insult and criticism to ME, and not my parents.

To clear things furthermore... I was asked a couple of days prior to the USFS/Campbell’s press release when someone withdrew if I would participate in the event. I was already doing the Torino National Training Camp which I think without a doubt was something I should do (great preparation for the Olympics, and the ability to do a mock-competition in the Olympic venue), and I had also already agreed to fly directly from Torino to Tokyo for an international competition. So, Lee (my coach) and I sat down and discussed the opportunity and decided that my health and the extra training time were worth more in the long run than prize money. Also, the last time that I competed three week-ends in a row I ended up with food-poisoning. I then e-mailed my agent and said that even though it is a great opportunity, I will have to pass. The next day, I find out that the press release stated my participation in the event. Of course I was angry, but it was nobody's fault. USFS had tickets to sell and needed a press-release to advertise for the event, and I needed a couple of days to decide with my coach. Maybe my coach and I could have been more decisive, but I don't think a couple of days are such a big deal considering the commitment. I have not pulled out of this event because I was never in it to begin with. If I were to have been asked before the invitation to the Japanese international, of course I would have accepted, but this is the way the cards were dealt to me. I'm sorry if my decisions disappoint anyone, but to me a healthy mind and body is worth much more this year than a full wallet.

Now onto something WAY more uplifting: My week in Torino!

It was such a great experience! Skate Canada really went above and beyond for the athletes with this experience. The week consisted of team building activities, a tour of the Olympic village, and training in the Olympic skating venue as well as a mock two-day competition of the short and long programs. They had past Canadian Olympic Medalists there (Elvis Stojko, Tracy Wilson, and Debbie Wilkes), a wonderful Sports Psychologist (Peter Jensen), Technical Specialists and "gurus" if you will, not to mention the Olympic doctor and physiotherapist. The Skate Canada staff was there to answer any question and help in any possible way. It was truly a worthwhile event, and all of the ice was free because the national team did a show on the Saturday night for a full audience!!! The rink has a great warm atmosphere, and I was getting nothing but good vibes from it (that sounded so new age, but its true!!).

Next I traveled to Tokyo from Torino for the Japan International Challenge. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous because the program still feels a bit new, and it's still fairly early in the season, not to mention that after the mock-competition in Torino Lee and I made quite a number of changes that were more "COP" friendly. I did however manage to survive, despite not having a great performance (I felt a bit cautious, and was holding back because of it!); I managed to do enough to win. As of now, it may not look it, but I know already that this is the best work David and I have ever come up with. It just has so much more substance and meaning than any of my other programs... We tried our best to be true to the inspiration for the program. Of course it's a tribute to Glenn Gould and his life, but even more so, it's inspired by something he had said. He believed that, "The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." So without going into great detail (which I could...), this program is not so much about the climaxes, so much as it is about the detail, the effort that went on before the performance. Because it really is the stuff in between the highs and lows that define a life. Don't you think?

Anyways, I have a feeling I might be getting a tad philosophical, so I'll end it there for today. Hope you guys are ready for a big competitive season. The off-season was nice, if not short, but I'm feeling good about this year.

Cheers,

Jeff.

92 Comments:

Blogger stiria said...

Torino sounded like heaps of fun!

I love the way your new free program looks, very awesome! Good luck for the rest of this season.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hello from New York (by way of Montreal by way of Toronto)!

Great blog Jeff and I'm glad to hear you're in good spirits for the year!

Good luck and best wishes

8:52 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

Jeff,

Thanks for writing this terrific blog for your fans. You really have a talent for writing; I hope you will keep doing it when you can.

Also, I love how you've described your free program and the quote from Glenn Gould which inspired it. It really makes me curious to see it! Well, only a few weeks to go until Skate Canada and then my curiosity will be satisfied ;)

Sounds like a wise decision to skip Campbell's. All best wishes for a terrific season,

Erika
musicologist/skatefan

12:09 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

It's good to hear that you're doing well.

See you at Skate Canada.

Lynn226

2:55 PM  
Blogger ~*~Sarah~*~ said...

Heya
Sorry to hear the negative comments on your parents. Its not fair to them.

Congrats on Japan. That seminar sounded like a lot of fun. I know i always have tonnes of fun at the Mariposa one, though its not wuite the same..lol.

Can't wait to see the short program again, and the Freeskate. It sounds really good. You know it will turn out good when you are so into it.

Keep up the good work. Best of luck in the rest of the season

~*~Sarah~*~

4:47 PM  
Blogger Suzie said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us again! It's great to hear what you've been up to the past couple months. Glad to hear you've been playing it smart and doing what you need to get the season started off well.

I love the quote you refer to of Gould's and feel free to go into a lot of detail explaining your program(s). ;) For sure, the in-betweens are what define a person.

Good luck and be well this season!
Suzie

PS - Thanks for sharing the picture!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Jeff,

If that performance in Tokyo was cautious, I can't wait to see the real thing. :) I can't even put into words how much I love the part of your program where you do that ina bauer. It is timed so well with the music. Quite honestly, I was wondering why you didn't look so pleased at the end, but I guess you had something else in mind.

Ugh, that is really unfortunate that your parents discovered such negative comments about them!

As much as seeing you on American television would be nice, skipping Campbell's was probably the best decision for your health and stamina.

I really hope everything goes well for you this season. Thanks so much for writing updates for us, despite your busy schedule (all of that traveling!). Good luck at Skate Canada! :) I'll be rooting for you!

Lisa

10:33 PM  
Blogger Not In Service said...

Jeff,

Your blog was very well written and straight to the point, I'm sorry your parents were involved. It's obvious to me that you and your sister were raised incredibly well.

You could always tell your parents to come to your Buttle Buddies Forum, we only talk good talk there... it's a great community. I wish we were able to get some sources for up to the minute info for them, maybe someday.

I am so glad, I was able to download your LP from Japan... I love it and cannot wait to see it progress all season!

We, your fans love you very much...best wishes to you, your family and remember we are all behind you 100%

Much love,
Terri

11:48 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

From everything I've known and experienced about your parents, they are definitely wonderful people and definitely not deserving of any of the misdirected criticisms that arose lately. People feel that just because they have an open audience and a forum to voice their opinions, that they have are validated in critiquing anything and everything (even on the basis of very little facts)... FSU especially is infamous for this and it is certainly unfortunate your parents became the latest 'victims'. (Meanwhile, something could very easily be said about how these people's parents brought THEM up... ironic, no?)

5:08 PM  
Blogger brother said...

I'm looking forward to seeing both programs very soon.

All the best for a fantastic season!

9:39 AM  
Blogger CaroMado said...

Jeff!
So glad things are going well with the new program. I can't wait to see it! I'm sure my Mom and the rest of the family in Timmins will be calling me, as per usual, when you're about to come on tv! I love it!

As for any comments made about your parents. They don't know them and who are they to comment about your Mom & Dad?! They are two wonderful people and for as long as I can remember they have been there for you & Meg. Always. I remember visiting Meg the one time and you came back with a video of your skating. We all sat there and watched it. You got discouraged because your back was bothering you and I do recall your Mom giving you a kick a$$ speach to lift your spirits. That my friend is what Parenting is all about! The next day, we went to watch you skate and you did awesome!!

Good luck with the new program and at Skate Canada. Can't wait to see that smile of yours on my tv. Just reminds me of having snowball fights in your backyard and you giggling because you got me! Good!.

Cheers!
Caroline M.

8:28 PM  
Blogger KayLee said...

Hey Jeff,

Caught you on tv last night, completely last minute. Just as I was flipping through the channels, about to turn off the tv, I noticed that Skate Canada International was on. Of course I had to wake up my mom, even though it was midnight. Anyway, I love the new short, have yet to see the long but I'm sure its equally amazing. Watch out for those boards.. they are indeed deadly. And don't take out any judges. Tell the family that the Rivards say hi. Might be in Ottawa for Skate Canada with Laura. Best of luck in the rest of the season. We look forward to watching you.

Lots of Love,
Kay Lee R.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Just saw your Skate Canada Free program. Wow, was that bizarre. In terms of the jumps, you can do those ;), but that was so strange how your pant leg ripped! I would have been a little distracted by it too.

'"Exposing myself on international television!" he kidded. "People are going to start thinking I'm flirting with them."'

Haha!

Anyway, your program is definitely looking more comfortable for you. :) I think I like it even more than before. I am loving your choreography; It fits the music really well. You also kept the spirit of the program despite the mistakes, which earned you the highest program component scores there.

It's too bad you were SO close, but ah well... Good luck at Trophee Eric Bompard! Hopefully things go better for you there! ;)

8:03 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Here's one of your quotes from Saturday Jeff; “Exposing myself on international television!” he kidded. ``People are going to start thinking I’m flirting with them.”

Well, yeah! I thought you were trying to do a Philippe Candeloro impression. Only isn't it his tops he rips off? ROTFLOL

Good quad attempt! Get some help from Stojko and Browning for your quad. I think you not only had speghetti legs Saturday but that the quad took away from your wonderful program. Next competition leave the quad out but do all the other jumps as triples. You'll be golden then. See you in the Grand Prix Finals.

I pray that your leg didn't get cut too badly and that you're feeling better. And keep those pants on while you skate. LOL

Love you Jeff,

singerskates

7:46 PM  
Blogger smilingshine said...

Hi, Jeff,

Your Blog is very nice:)

After reading this post, I can feel how deep you love your family and bethink a song named "you raise me up". Have you ever heard it?

I love your new programs, especially the long one. The sound of piano suits you very much.:)

Best wishes and good luck! Take care and do not hurt!

Wait for your next post.:)

love you in China,
Joanna

10:12 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Off to France Jeff? Stay close to Joannie. Keep her safe. I'll be praying for the safty of both of you. Keep to your hotel, pre-arranged transit and the rink. No venturing around. It doesn't matter where you place in the competition. Just have fun while you're there with your friends on and off of the ice in and out of competition. Read the poem "Footprints" to Joannie. God is with you both. singerskates a.k.a. Brigitte

12:09 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Wow this thread is a mini Timmins reunion! Nice to see some familiar 'faces'. Small world.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Ronald said...

Hey, Jeff, best regards from Brazil. Good luck and keep rocking!

5:12 PM  
Blogger smilingshine said...

It is 10pm in China. I think the men's short program is begin in Paris now. I cannot see the live show, therefore I pray here.

After seeing Skate Canada, I once wanted to tell you that please give up quad since you do not need it to win. Now when the competition begin in Paris, however, I change my mind. Do what you want, enjoy what you do. Just follow your heart.:)Be yourself and you can win.

But please do not hurt in any competition!:)

Good luck!

Joanna in China

6:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yay! First after short in TEB! :) Good luck in the long tomorrow. Can't wait to see you skate on TV! :D

8:12 PM  
Blogger smilingshine said...

Good news!

Good luck in the long program!:)

Joanna

8:20 PM  
Blogger smilingshine said...

Congratulations! :)

Enjoy the winning!:)

Joanna

7:31 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Way to go Jeff! You did it again and made it into the Grand Prix Final! Yeah!

Fix those legs of yours because they are not listening to your head. LOL

Glad to hear you stopped doing those Philip Candolero impressions on ice during your competition skates. LOL You can do one during your exhibition though but I'd think it would be a little chilly to you. Clothes are a good thing.

Pretend each practice is the Olympics, play with your music and just let your body have fun with the ice. Don't worry about the quad or axel. It was a fluke that you didn't get them like you wanted them. Get your head back into the zone like last year's Canadians' freeskate. Live each note, beat by beat. And "Just Have Fun!"

Brigitte

8:51 PM  
Blogger Annelise said...

Hello From France,

I went to Paris last few days to see the Trophée Bompard...Thanks to my activities for French figure skating Federation, I was invited to see the event and on thursday during trainings I discovered this wonderful skater, Jeff Buttle.

Nobody can feel in front of his TV screen what we can feel seeing you skating for “real”. Both of your programs are fantastic. You’ve got a fabulous personnality on the ice and moreover they are completely adapted to the new judging system ( sorry that’s my judge side who speaks!!!!)...I’m sure that I was the only french in the audience who were happy when you won on saturday afternoon.

When Brian Finished is long program I was quite sure that you will win. Brian is a jumper, you are a real figure skater. It was a wonderful moment, I was not so far from you but I was too shy to come and congratulate you so I’m taking advantage of your blog to tell you how amazing it was!

I wish you all the best for the Olympics and I hope you will skate even better than this week to make your dream come true...

Annelise

P.S.: sorry for my crappy english, I’m loosing it leaving in France!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Chayan said...

Hi! Jeff I'm a big fan of your skating and I wish you luck. You're also very cute!

12:51 AM  
Blogger Marion said...

Hi Jeff!

First I'd like to say I'm thrilled you've started 'blogging', and I hope you post another one soon! I'm a huge fan of yours (I am Buttle Buddy #3!). Just wanted to say CONGRATS on your Grand Prix Final silver, and GOOD LUCK at Nationals! I'll be there in the audience, and the Buttle Buddies will be rooting for you. We support you no matter what!

And yeah, TRAxel has been posting 'up-to-the-minute' competition results on our forum, so you can direct friends and family over to our Jeff-friendly space.

Take care, stay healthy, and have a great rest of the season!

7:01 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

HI Jeff, I love Samson and Delilah. I've cut and edited a different shorter version in the past before you chose to skate to it for another skater at the Novice level. She didn't make it out of WOS though. Get music and the audience will really get into it. Remember, smile (everyone loves your smile even the judges), don't over do it on the warm ups, say away from the evil boards when skating (Elvis undid himself in 1995 in Halifax getting too close to the boards and it was to be his second Canadian Title in which he had to pull out. Learn from history.), keep skating from your heart and soul, keep playing with your music and most importantly, "Just Have Fun!"

Mrs. and Mr. Buttle, your son is a great kid. You did a great job raising him. Thank You!

Brigitte Laskowski

9:55 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

You forgot to smile. You forgot to "Just Have Fun!" and that is why your loop was loopy and why you did a quad stubbed toe. LOL Hey, it didn't matter. You still won your second Canadian Title and before you ever touched the ice for the qualifying, short or freeskate, Skate Canada said that you were going to the Olympics anyway no matter what you did. You could have just stood on the ice for 4 and half minutes just smiling but that would have been boring for you but not for us.

So what are you going to treat us with during the exhibition? Eh, 2x and current Male Canuck SC Champ? Too bad SC won't show your exhibition until next Saturday.

I wish I, singerskates, could have been in Ottawa to see you again but I had a hospital procedure done on Wednesday and I had to rest up at home. I'm still sick right now but getting better. In 4 weeks I'll be competing in the WOS StarSkate Sectionals in Sarnia in Adult Prelim. I've almost got my 2 sal and my axel but I couldn't train until January 2006 because of two herniated discs so that's why I'm still prelim.

Here's wishing you and Jo's a fun and safe time in Torino, Italy Jeff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

singerskates


Skating is not just a sport for the young but it's a passion for the soul of the young at heart. Brigitte Laskowski

7:39 PM  
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11:27 AM  
Blogger blogalicious said...

looks like your not writing anymore, how sad! i guess i can forgive you though.
just thought, for what it's worth, i'd wish you luck in Torino. i'll definitely be cheering for you.
peace!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Dear Jeff,
I just stumbled upon your website and blog. Honestly I have never heard of you seen you skate before,(...but I look forward to it!)
I had bought a calendar with many figure skaters on it and lo, You are on February (lol!)and very stunning too- so I randomly typed your name in google and found this nifty blog. That is great how you write this for yours fans.
Japan, Italy- how exciting to see the world. You must indeed, have very supportive parents too.
Good luck at the Olympics,(and congratulations too- for it is a great accomplishment to be in the Olympics in the first place, Omedetoou!)
May all your dreams come true,
take care and many blessings to you.
Christina

7:43 PM  
Blogger yu said...

hi jeff!!
hope u will read this..
(can't believe i didn't noe this site till today..well~hope i did't miss too much)
anyways
i live at calgary..
(can't wait till the 2006 worlds!)
ya..
if i write too much..u might not have the time to read it..
so i will keep it simple..
as u can c~~
my name is yu..
(efficient and weird..)
my msn&email is :angel_901105@hotmail
just in case u did read my comment and have time to reply~
(oops..thought i can keep my comment short...but..hehe..)
yupyup~

PS:..xixi~do u have extra tickets to the 2006 worlds??if u do~~can i have one??
haha!KIDDING..(i noe it is not funny~)
good luck in winter olympics!!!
and TAKE CARE!!

8:12 PM  
Blogger yu said...

...
ya..
u totally forgot to up-date ur blog!!
it has been 1/3 of a year now!!
...
can't be busy for THAT long..
well..
guess i did miss a lot after all~~
but anyways~~
good luck on EVERYTHING!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

hiya Jeff!
GOOD LUCK (or MERDE as they say in Quebec.. hehe) and have fun at the Olympics! =)
regardless of what happens in Italy, you are and will always be our superstar (yes, cheesy, i know.. hehe but true =D)

cheers,
Amanda

8:37 PM  
Blogger rooosah said...

Hey Jeff

I've been keeping up with the winter olympics in torino, and I wish you the best of luck! I'm glad you're having a blast.

Can't wait to see your performance!

Rosa

2:41 PM  
Blogger Cary Patrick Martin said...

Man, you are a joy to watch! Please don't let the scores get you down; I see truly unique greatness in you!

I look forward to seeing more of your great personality and choreography.

5:28 PM  
Blogger yu said...

i watched the men's LP..
u did GREAT jeff!!
we are sooo proud of u!!!
c u in 2006 worlds!!

2:41 PM  
Blogger hectoringo said...

i think that your´e really...uff!!!
i cant describe what i feel everytime i see you smile...you´re so...daaaaaaaaa i dont have words jejejejeje

holas!!! from acapulco méxico!!!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

CONGRATULATIONS Jeff, on winning the Bronze medal!!! wow!
I am soooo happy for you & your success! :D An accomplishment of a lifetime's worth of work.
Three...no, Ten cheers for YOU!

Sincerely,
Christina

4:23 PM  
Blogger Cary Patrick Martin said...

You are just fantastic. Congrats!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Cary Patrick Martin said...

I hope you don't mind, I'm adding you to my blog roll. I really want to keep up with what you're doing.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Congrats on your medal! You really deserve it!

11:50 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

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11:50 PM  
Blogger Tetushka said...

Jeff, you were great in Olympics!
Congratulations with Bronze, and good luck in Calgary!

Hope you will continue blog...and understand that you have a lot of fans all over the world!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Yoko said...

Jeff, congraturations your award at Trino. Your performance was terrific and beyond our imagination.

Under so much pressure, you showed us the best of yours.
This is the most imprtant thing, which encourages us to charange to our dreams.

Anyway, thank you, thank you for your artistic talent.

Please keep up good job.

3:15 AM  
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11:32 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

What's that Olympic Bronze Medal around your neck?


http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Olympics/2006Turin/FigureSkating/2006/02/16/buttle.jpg

Looks like a DVD of your greatest hits. See "Just Having Fun" is rewarded. Keep having fun Jeff!

singerskates
a.k.a. Brigitte Laskowski

11:58 AM  
Blogger nuts said...

jeff,
congraturations on winning the Bronze medal!!
your dance was so beautiful.
in Japan,you are becoming more and more popular.
we look forward to exibision!!

from japan

3:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh my God, Jeff, CONGRATULATIONS! An Olympic medal! That is awesome! I also saw your segment on Olympic Ice "Come on guys, you have to give me airtime for that going into a triple lutz combo." LOL.

Good luck at Worlds! :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Congratulations on your bronze medal! You did a fantastic job!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Rosinka said...

Congratulations, Jeff! You are bronze at Torino, I wonder the medal of what metal wait you in Vancouver ;)

8:15 PM  
Blogger kanako said...

Hello.I comment for the first time!Congratulations!I watched your skating on TV.That's very BEAUTIFUL!
I'm supporting you from Japan.

good luck!
Kanako

8:19 PM  
Blogger Miselle said...

I haven't commented in a while, but congratulations on your medal! I knew you could do it.

10:46 PM  
Blogger tomo said...

Hello Jeff.

Congratulations on a bronze medal of the Olympics.(Applause!!)
I was really impressed by your performance in Torino.
I got courage from your skating that took a medal without yielding to pressure on the big stage of the Olympics.
Thank you for a splendid performance.

I look forward to the day when I can watch your performance from now on♪
Please enjoy skating by the correctness that you believe carefully from now on.

I support you all the time from Japan.

tomo

10:34 AM  
Blogger a_midnight_muse said...

A new comment to an old post...*sigh* I'm sorry that some people feel the need to point unjustified criticism =/

Keep writing, skating, smiling and good luck! At the end of the day, it's only the positive that counts...

9:04 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

hiya superstar!
a bronze medal and a million dollar smile! =)
glad to see hard work paid off, CONGRATULATIONS!

cheers,
Amanda

ps. good luck at Worlds!

4:28 AM  
Blogger yuna said...

Hello,jeff.
I comment for the first time.Congratulations on a bronze medal!!!
your dance was so beautifui!!
I watched your skating on TV.I'm supporting you from Japan.

good luck in Calgary.

cheers,yuna.

6:34 PM  
Blogger mizuho said...

Hi!
Congratulations on a bronze medal!
Your skating was soooooo nice!
I was moved to your performance.
I want to see your live skating.
Please come to Japan again!

Good luck at worlds!
mizuho

3:44 PM  
Blogger fanny said...

Hello from France!

I saw you for the first time last night (24th of Feb.) and was amazed at your personal ice-skating style... and your smile!!!

I don't consider myself a fan but I sincerely appreciate your performances.

Good luck in the futur competitions!

3:38 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Hey Jeff!

You are sooo cute and your skating was really beautiful.
You catch my heart,Jeff.

It was awsame!!!!!
I hope I can see your Performance
directly.....Oh I am soo poor I made mistake the time to live in Canada....

Congratulations on the Bronze Medal!!!!!!!

Lots of kisses from Japan

7:48 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Well done,Jeff!Your skating was awsome!!Congratulations from Saint-Petersbourg,Russia.
And,by the way,the Ice Palace stadium is at yours disposal. :))
Gold medal for your fantastis smile!!
Big hugs, Mary

10:17 AM  
Blogger ~*MarJo*~ said...

Hi Jeff,
I'm so glad you're doing fine! So sorry about your parents. They really don't deserve critism, with all their kind support. I can't imagine you actualy ended up with food-poisoning! Anyway, I LOVE your blog! Honestly, if I were you I would write phew sentences, but you just had to write a whole entire page; which is good. :) I really admire the amount of care you have towards your fans! ^.^

Keep up the good work! I hopw I'll be hearing from you soon. :) And I want you to know, that we, as your fans, support you all the way!

~*MarJo P.*~

2:52 PM  
Blogger ~*MarJo*~ said...

Hi Jeff,
I had soooo many things to say I can't believe I forgot to congratulate you for your bronze med! LOL....Anyway, yeah congratz!!! ^_^ You were so awesome and not to mention you were so cute! ehehe....well I bet you all girls here think your cute!lolz...
ciao
~*MarJo P.*~

3:06 PM  
Blogger Ely said...

Hi!
first of all, congratulations for your medal at the Olympic games! My name's Elisa, I'm Italian...I'm new of this blog...I just want to write here to invite you and all the people who read this comment at my new blog...I hope it would be interesting...I'm sorry if I used your blog as a publicity, but I'm lookin for new acquaintances...and your blog in the most known one!
Thank you very much Jeff!
Good luck for your next ice-skating performances!
Kisses
Elisa

3:12 PM  
Blogger camille said...

Honte à moi je suis nulle en anglais mais ce n'est pas grave si je ne comprends rien! Juste un petit message de Reims pour te dire bonne chance pour toutes les autres compétitions que tu feras et te dire bravo pour ta médaille de bronze!

9:47 AM  
Blogger li_be said...

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10:12 AM  
Blogger li_be said...

Jeff !
I like all your programs , but your Olympic gala program is the best ! I want you to skate good in this world camp !

Good luck !

10:16 AM  
Blogger Mika (Japanese) said...

Mr.Jeffrey Buttle!! How should I call you ?? Anyway ,Thank you for your Elegant skating at Olympic game of Torino. I express my thanks to your skating. I made it my mind to cheer you forever!!
You were most elegant skater among Men' skater in the world.

Take it easy. Mika Akama ( Japanese)

9:06 PM  
Blogger yu said...

guess wut!
i am going to learn how to figure skate!!!
o..BTW..good luck in 2006 world's!,most importantly..HAVE FUN HERE IN CALGARY!!
o..back to my story..
yes~i will be learning..getting my skates 2morrow~
do u still coach other ppl?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I really hope that you`ll soon publish a new blog story...Probably, it will be about, how you won a gold medal on world 2006 in Canada. :)So, please, do it! Jeff, I believe in you! ;)

Kisses from Saint-Petersbourg
P.S. Wishing you a big, big luck!!!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tetushka said...

Good luck at Worlds!!!!

And looking forward for updating your blog:))))

5:26 AM  
Blogger Viola said...

hihi.. i'm from singapore.. all the best to all your competitions!!! Support and LOVE U always!!!!

5:03 AM  
Blogger ALENA said...

I like figure skating!It is all!THE END.

1:21 PM  
Blogger yu said...

jeff..if u ever have time to read all 70 something comments, i would like you to know..
1.don't be too hard on yourself
2.eat more..u look soo thin
3.i will support you no matter what happens..

3:04 PM  
Blogger yu said...

jeff.
this might be a l~o~n~g comment..acutally more like a blog, so if u don't have time and have no interest in my horrible life, just skip this one

i went to the world's. u might have seen me. i am the girl wearing a HUGE red hoodie and sitting VERY close to 'kiss and cry'..actually right above the camera peoples..
anyway
i had a horrible week. failed basically everything. well, i don't have high expectations for myself, so fail means fail.
report cards are coming out in a week. i know this sounds like 'not a big deal' sort of thing, but i have been depressed because of this for a long time. you know, chinese parents+ib program+a brain that only works for classical music, not a good combination. there are just soo much pressure on me..3 school bands/full ib/piano/flute/figure skating...just too much for me..
sigh..

well..this is totally off topic i noe..i am sorry

9:13 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

*biiig biiig bear hug*

Jeff, thanks for an amazing skating season! you did great and we're all very proud of you! =)

i hope you'll be getting some good rest because you deserve it.

cheers,
Amanda

ps. i'm looking forward to seeing you at Stars On Ice in Hamilton =)

10:54 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

ooh one more thing, KEEEEEP SMILING! =)

10:56 PM  
Blogger yu said...

ok~another pointless comment~~skip this if u have no interest~

i am back from ORLANDO~
and our band/choir TOTALLY...sux
lol~
it is true~
but we all had a GREAT time~

and..i started my figure skating lessons~~~with vicki wilson..
well..a coach in calgary~
and i am learning VERY easy stuff..
well..
easy conparing with a TRIPLE AXEL of course..
but realli hard for me already~still~I LOVE FIGURE SKATING~~~
somehow...u make everything looking sooo simple..like that triple flip-triple toe...
when i was watching it..i was like: that is EASY..i can do that~
but when i got on ice..i couldn't even jump high~~lol~~guess it does take a lot of practice..
anyway~
i will leave a comment again when i am doing singles...(which will prob take..like a month or two`)

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1:42 AM  
Blogger oohlaleah said...

Holla!
No way its Jeff Buttle.
Suppity sup sup?

6:08 AM  
Blogger tatooboopgirl said...

Hello!I held so that i am one of your larger fans!I very congratulate you for your medal in turin really deserved it to you!I would like so much you meet,its would be my greater dream!To start,i already will leave you my address email:tatooboop@hotmail.fr.I hope how you will enverez me very soon an email,i will be very happy!I whish you really good luck for the continuation and i will always support no matter what it arrives!So long by email!Large kisses!

7:12 AM  
Blogger yu said...

lol~
ya..
when u were infront of me during stars on ice..i should have reminded u to update ur blog!!
sigh..
but wutever..
u will remember...RIGHT??
so....
ya..
i didn't get to skate in a long time..the rink is closed for may..
don't noe y..
but..i WILL learn the single jumps!!i just have to...(too fun~)
o..
visit my blog sometime plz..if u have time..
hugs and kisses from calgary

11:48 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Hiya Jeff!
Hope all is well, lookin' forward to your next blog post (that is, if you ever post here again!)
haven't forgotten about you, happy skating,
Christina

10:07 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Hi Jeff, I thought you might want to look at how far you've come in the past 4 or 5 years internationally in your skating. You've made leaps and bounds in your skating. But I still remember that teanaged kid that came to compete at the 2000 Central Divisionals (Dec. 1999) here in Windsor with the unique spins who loved to ham it up on the ice. It was fun being your ice captain. Anyway, I found this link on the internet where you can watch your past performances (so can your fans, friends, family). Enjoy!

Note:You'll have to copy each piece which is in quotes into a new browser window because your blog won't allow us to put up links here.

"http://www.youtube.com/results?
search=figure+skating+Jeff+Buttle
&search_type=search_videos&search
=Search"

Brigitte

PS: What is Calgary like? I'm asking because Skate Canada has us adult skaters competing there for our Nationals in 2007.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Marion said...

It is time to update your blog, Jeff! You're not doing daily media interviews anymore, and I love to read about your summer training exploits! Anytime now...

11:49 AM  
Blogger Cary Patrick Martin said...

Jeff,

Please take some time to post again. We want to know what you're up to! =)

10:07 AM  
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7:27 AM  
Blogger Rocío Olaya Bolaños said...

Nice Blog, Jeff.
But long time no hearing from you.
Please post!!!
What´s going on???
Miss you too much!!!

9:26 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Hi Jeff, How are you doing lately? I trust you're taking it easy on the pretzel spins, in which you normally excel, so that your back can heal up properly. You are taking your mom's and dad's advice, right? They've lived a little longer, so trust in what they tell you.

I hope you're at least training your double jumps at this point, so that you can be ready for Canadians. Build up one moment at a time and by game day, you'll be ready.

I bet you have the choreographing, steps, spin locations and jumps all worked out in your new programs. I just wonder what presents of programs you have for us this year. You're programs are always interesting.

Well got to get to bed because I have to get to the rink in the morning to practice my Christmas show number "Mary Did You Know?" with me as the music artist using guitar like how Kalan Porter does it with piano. I also have to coach and choreograph for a group of preprelim girls’ a number set to some Mulan music I've edited and remastered for them. Actually, I've edited and remastered most of the "Holiday" (should be "Christmas") Variety Show music. The show is on Sat. Dec. 16, 2006 at 11 AM.

I've been working with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada trying to put together a skating show for them. They've just made me their Skating Show Coordinator. The show is called Windsor Cares For You. I've been in contact with your agent Jeff. I definitely want you and Joannie in my show. David will have all the details about it.

But for now, just get better, have fun and work on one thing at a time.

God Bless my friend,

singerskates

11:55 PM  
Blogger smilingshine said...

No update for a long long time. Do you still use the blog or move to another website?

I really like to read your articles, however, I know you are busy in your training. I do not know if you still see these messages here, but I hope you will see them.

This season begins a little late, however, I believe it will a nice season. I like your new programs this season.^_^

Keep healthy and Good luck!

P.S
I do not know if you can read Chinese, but I would like to tell you that you have a chinese fan site and forum now. We all love you much!

http://amber0515.v8.8210.cn/bbs/index.php

11:19 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Hello Jeff,

Road trip. Yes, I've done road trips. Too many of them. Wait until you do road trips with children. Ha ha ha ha. It's the baby crying, then I've got to go pea and then the older kids around 8 and 10 saying, "Are we there yet?" Me I'm looking forward to flying out to LA Jan. 17 to 20 2008 for the NAMM show. Know of any good ice rinks with public ticket ice for figure skating in Anaheim? If you do, contact me. Have a great summer and don't over do those quads.

singerskates out....

12:34 PM  
Blogger luvs2figrsk8 said...

Hey Jeff,

I'm Mandy.

I live in the U.S and I'm a figure skater too. I was wondering if you're going to ever do Stars On Ice here. (I live all the way in Florida. Anyway, I'd love to get to know you, maybe stay in touch and stuff. If you have a myspace send me your link. (If you don't have one, you should get one, and then send me your link- as there are many posers.)

I understand you are probly extremely busy. I am too with my skating as well. Plus school too. I wish you much luck and I always root for you. Anyway, comment me back.

Mandy <3

p.s

I think you are VERY HOT!

1:50 PM  

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