It’s good to be king for a year

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For Jeffrey Buttle of Canada, the best part about being the world figure skating champion is having the right to call himself ‘king.’

Not really. Buttle found that being No. 1 gave him an opportunity to think about his life and career and realize that he liked performing more than he liked competing.


So even though he would have had home-ice advantage at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics he decided to retire last September and pass up defending his title at this year’s World Championships, which will take place this week at Staples Center.

Buttle wrote an articulate and thoughtful essay that will be posted soon at It’s worth reading.

--Helene Elliott