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He appeared in the 2009 US "Smuckers Stars on Ice" tour and has skated in several shows in China, Japan, Korea, and Europe.
He made his senior international debut in the 2001–2002 season, making his mark immediately by winning the silver medal at the 2001 NHK Trophy behind Takeshi Honda.He was the leader after the short program, and became the first male under the Code of Points system to gain level fours on all spins and footwork.A free skate in which he only did a double axel without combination and a single on the second attempt left him with the silver medal, behind American Evan Lysacek. In his second international competition of the season, Buttle was second after the short program with a new personal best.For the 2007–2008 season, Buttle started off slow, placing third and fourth at his two Grand Prix events.At Nationals, despite taking the lead after the short program, he ended up losing his title to a rising star Patrick Chan.Buttle later said that he kept thinking of winning a medal in his short program but later focused on simply enjoying himself in the free skate program, and it paid off.
After Nationals, Buttle went on to the 2007 Four Continents in Colorado.
He then went on to deliver a personal best performance to win the gold medal by a 13.95 point margin over the defending world champion, France's Brian Joubert. in the Backyard" (Ryuichi Sakamoto) and a new free program to "Eclogue" (Gerald Finzi).
Assigned to the 2008 Skate Canada and 2008 Cup of China for the 2008–2009 season, Buttle prepared a new short program to "M. Buttle has toured with Canadian Stars on Ice since his eligible days, and continues to skate in shows as a professional skater.
Buttle won the silver medal on the junior level at the Canadian Championships in 1998.
The next year, he placed in the top ten at his first senior nationals.
Chan said his strong showing in Turin has him confident he can finish in the top two at the nationals, which begin Wednesday.