Dick Button

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Dick Button
Dick Button
Button commentating at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid
Personal info
Full name Richard Totten Button
Country represented United States
Birthday/Birthplace (1929-07-18) July 18, 1929
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Former coach Gustave Lussi
Skating club SC of Boston
Philadelphia SC & HS
Retired 1952

Medal record

Men’s figure skating
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
1952 Oslo Men’s singles
1948 St. Moritz Men’s singles
World Championships
1952 Paris Men’s singles
1951 Milan Men’s singles
1950 London Men’s singles
1949 Paris Men’s singles
1948 Davos Men’s singles
1947 Stockholm Men’s singles
European Championships
1948 Prague Men’s singles
North American Championships
1951 Calgary Men’s singles
1949 Philadelphia Men’s singles
1947 Ottawa Men’s singles

Richard Totten “Dick” Button (July 18, 1929) is a former American ice skater and a well-known television skating analyst. He holds two Olympic medals (1948, 1952) and was a five-time world champion (1948-1952). He is also the European champion of 1948. [n. 1]

A Button is recognized for being the first skater to successfully perform the jump called double axel and a triple jump in competition. He also invented the jumped Arabian pirouette, which was originally known by its name.

Dick_Button’s Biography

Amateur career

Dick Button was born and raised in Englewood (New Jersey). He started skating very young, but he did not start training seriously until he was 12 years old, when his father heard that he would never become a good skater, and his father sent him to New York to take lessons from the trainer. dance on ice Joe Carroll. During the summer, he trained in Lake Placid (New York); After a while Carroll recommended him to work with Gustave Lussi, who became his coach for the rest of his career.

He finished second in his first competition, in 1943. In 1944 he qualified to compete in the National Rookie Championship and won this competition. The following year he was proclaimed junior national champion, and in 1946, senior national champion, which qualified him to compete in the World Championships of 1947. At this time he also practiced rollerblading in pairs with Barbara Jones.

At the 1947 World Championships he finished second, behind Hans Gerschwiler. It was the last competition of his career that he did not win. During this championship he became friends with Ulrich Salchow. Salchow, disappointed that Button did not win, gave him one of his own trophies, a cup he won in 1901. [n. 2]

In the following season, Button defeated Gerschwiler for the first time, winning the European Championship and becoming the only European champion in the US At the Olympic Games of the same year, Button managed to complete the double axel in the training session on the day previous to free skating; He decided to include him in his free program, and received credit for being the first skater to achieve this jump in a competition. After winning the segment of compulsory figures and free program, he became the youngest man to have won an Olympic gold medal, then Button won the World Championship.

After the 1948 Olympics, Button began his studies at Harvard University; he managed to combine his competitive career and his studies successfully: he won all the competitions in which he took part during these years, including the 1952 Olympic Games in the same year in which he graduated.

Dick Button always tried to execute a new jump or maneuver every season. After making the double axel and the arabesque pirouette jumped in 1948, he made the first combination of double loop – double loop in 1949. In 1950 he made three double loops in combination and in 1951 two double axels in sequence and a double axel in combination with a double loop. During 1951, he began to try the triple loop, which he made in the 1952 Olympic Games, the first triple jump achieved in a competition.

Professional career

Button retired from amateur competition in 1952, to concentrate on his studies at Harvard law school, during the holidays he skated in professional shows with the companies Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice. After graduation he was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Washington DC.

In 1964 he co-produced an ice skating show, Dick Button’s Ice-Travaganza for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, but it was canceled after a few months for losing money. He later founded the company Candid Productions and created several professional competitions for television, both figure skating and other sports.

Dick Button also studied acting with Sandy Meisner in New York. He worked as an actor in several series and films, such as The Young Doctors and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan with Tony Curtis and in numerous television and musical programs and plays.

Button commented on the 1960 Olympic Games for the CBS television network; The following year he began working for ABC, inaugurating a long career as a commentator and analyst. In 1981, he won an Emmy for his work as a sports analyst, and in 2010 Button acted as a judge on the Skating with the Stars program, and appeared again at the 2010 Olympics, discussing skating competitions. artistic for NBC. Button is known for his direct and sometimes caustic criticisms of skater performances.

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