Rafael Arutunian

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Rafael Arutunian

(sometimes mis-spelled as Araturian http://www3.sympatico.ca/john.angel/)

Rafael

Rafael is a champion figure skating coach. He currently coaches three times Canadian Figure Skating Champion and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle. Jeffrey Buttle just won again the Canadian men's Championship held in Halifax (January 20, 2007 - with the highest ever score in Canadian Championships) dancing to the tune of "Grroong Ousdi Gou Kas" followed by a most energetic "Kocharee" with davoul and zourna that brought the audience to its feet (two standing ovations). Mr. Buttles was wearing one of his favorite costumes "Ararat" for the performance (see: http://www.jeffbuttle.com/news.php ) and even had Kotcharee steps choreographed in the performance. You can see the performance on video here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x110xy_jeff-buttle-2007-canadian-nats-fs

Mr. Arutunian has also worked with 5 time World Champion Michelle Kwan (he started with her in 2003 and had her dance to the tune of Aram Khachaturian's Spartacus ballet and she won the US Championships with that in 2005). Ms Kwan dropped-out gracefully from the US Team in the February 2006 Winter Olympics due to injury. Mr. Arutunian also coaches Japanese national young Mao Asada, 2005 Junior World Champion . He has also coached (from 1989 to 2003) and brought to fame Russian figure-skating champion Alexander Abt (silver medal at the 2002 European Championships).