Lucky Seven for Duhamel and Buntin? Reviewed by Barry Mittan on January 30, Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin For Craig Buntin, the road to success in pairs skating has included many traveling companions.
With his last partner, Marcoux, he reached as high as 11th at the Olympic Winter Games, […] Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin For Craig Buntin, the road to success in pairs skating has included many traveling companions. With his last partner, Marcoux, he reached as high as 11th at the Olympic Winter Games, […] Rating: With his last partner, Marcoux, he reached as high as 11th at the Olympic Winter Games, fifth at the World Championships in , third at Four Continents in , and won three Canadian championships.
Now the year-old is taking one last shot at making the Olympic Games in Vancouver with Meagan Duhamel. The year-old is perhaps his strongest partner to date. Duhamel has competed in both singles and pairs for several years, making the Canadian international team in both disciplines. But she has now discontinued competing in ladies. Duhamel has finished as high as fourth at Canadians and fifth at Four Continents in senior ladies in Competing with Ryan Arnold in pairs, Duhamel finished as high as sixth in pairs at Canadians in She finished 13th at Junior Worlds in singles in and eighth in pairs in With Arnold, Duhamel became the first pair to successfully land side-by-side triple lutzes in competition in , but the pair split in I was injured anyway, a stress fracture in my foot that had bothered me for a few years.
I had to get special treatment for the nerve injury in my foot and was off the ice for four months. I had four weeks before Canadians that I was healthy and that was my whole season. I came in sixth in senior ladies and when I came off the ice, I was smiling.
My goal was to be happy and I was. I hit a plateau in skating and needed to go on with my life. I went to New Jersey to have Nina Petrenko do my programs, then went straight to monitoring at the national team weekend. I got in my car and drove everywhere for tryouts to try and find a girl. I drove over kilometers in Canada and the U. I knew that if there was a girl anywhere in the world that I would find her.
I heard Meagan was interested and gave her a call. The last tryout I had was with Meagan and she was the one. But when it worked out, I told Craig that I would move to Montreal to train with him.
So we knew it was a matter of how many hours we were wiling to put into it. If I suggest something, Meagan soaks it up like a sponge. For the short, they use the throw triple lutz and side-by-side triple toe loops. It was too quick this year. My short program music was a Latin tango. When I typed that in on YouTube, that music was the first that came up. We did it two days before the Nebelhorn. It was an auspicious beginning as Marcoux and Buntin won the event in their first competition in Duhamel and Arnold also took the silver in Oberstdorf in They went on to win the bronze medal at Canadian Nationals in , just five points out of first.
Buntin is taking a course in entrepreneurship at Athabasca University online. She also goes on Facebook every night before bed. Buntin enjoys riding a unicycle, swing dancing, watching indie wrestling shows, and playing the guitar among other things. I used to carry the list around with me every day.