Craig Buntin

Craig Buntin
Craig Buntin

Duhamel and Buntin in 2008
Personal information
Full name Craig Buntin
Country represented  Canada
Born May 27, 1980 (1980-05-27) (age 31)
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 on 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 is 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 their side-by-side salchow 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] He planned to complete his MBA degree at McGill University,[4] and got married in August 2011.[5]


With Duhamel

Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2009–2010 Hotel California
by Eagles
Selection of music by Pierre Porte
2008–2009 4 Lamentations Tosca
by Giacomo Puccini
The Story
by Brandi Carlile

Competitive highlights

With Duhamel

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

With Marcoux

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Winter Olympic Games 11th
World Championships 9th 9th 5th 6th
Four Continents Championships 3rd 4th
Canadian Championships 4th 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Grand Prix Final 5th
Skate Canada 6th 7th 5th 3rd 3rd
NHK Trophy 3rd
Cup of China 3rd 4th
Trophée Eric Bompard 3rd
Cup of Russia 7th 4th
Bofrost Cup 1st 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st

With Laurier

Event 2000–2001
Canadian Championships 6th J.

With Poirier

Event 1999–00
World Junior Championships 8th
Canadian Championships 1st J.
Junior Grand Prix Final 6th
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Canada 1st
  • J = Junior level

With Kang

Event 1998–1999
Canadian Championships 11th N.

With Chailler

Event 1996–1997 1997–1998
Canadian Championships 14th N. 8th N.
  • N = Novice level


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