Dick Button Dick Button born , a dominant force in figure skating in the late s and early s, was instrumental in developing the sport in America. He is the only male figure skater to clench the "grand slam" of skating, winning the United States , North American, European, World, and Olympic championships in the same year. Button later became a somewhat controversial commentator on figure skating for television. He and his two older brothers, Jack and George, were raised in wealth and privilege. Button began skating when he was five years old, using his brothers' old skates. When Button was 11 years old, he received his first pair of skates for Christmas.
He won the event. In , his third year of serious skating, he won the Eastern States senior title and the national junior title. He was also skating pairs , and competed with Barbara Jones in junior pairs at the Eastern States Championships. They performed Button's singles program side-by-side with minor modifications and won. At age 16, Button won the U. Championships by a unanimous vote.
88-year-old figure skating legend Dick Button offers priceless Twitter commentary
Dick Button was the first of the Crazy Eights. Figure Skating calls its four Olympic gold medalists in a year ending in 8. Button, who happens to be a felicitous 88 years old, won in , followed by Peggy Fleming in , Brian Boitano in and Tara Lipinski in Button also is known for inventing the flying camel spin, formerly known as the Button camel. That came about by necessity rather than an urge to push the envelope.
See Article History Alternative Title: At age 16 Button became the youngest holder of the U. In addition, he captured the North American title in , , , and and the European championship in , the last year in which American skaters were permitted to compete. Button won the world championship five consecutive years — He also won gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in St.
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