Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pic of the Week: American Legends

Perhaps one of the most recognizable faces in all of figure skating, Dick Button is indeed a legend!

He is the only U.S. man to win the coveted Olympic Gold twice. The first time in 1948, where he became the first skater to successfully complete the double axel in competition. He won the 1952 Olympic Gold where landed the first triple jump in competition, the triple loop.

Beyond the Olympics, Button's career is distinguished. He is a five time World Champion and a seven time National Champion. He is also the first skater to perform a Camel Spin and has the distinction of being the first and only American to win the Men's European Title! He was admitted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976, he is also in the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame as well as the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Dick Button has done tons off the ice as well. He has Law Degree from Harvard University and was admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C. He won an Emmy in 1981 for Outstanding Sports Personality, and is the founder of Candid Productions.

Today, Dick Button is the voice of competitive Figure Skating, having covered the U.S. Nationals, World Championships, and Olympics for decades. Dick Button, a true American Legend!

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