Two Insider Books Take on Beauty Pageants and Figure Skating: The New Memoirs of Dick Button and Kate Shindle
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At the end of last month, on the same weekend, fans witnessed the coronation of two new queens. The first was ice princess Ashley Wagner, crowned the U.S. figure skating champion for the third time; the second was Miss Universe Paulina Vega from Colombia. The insights of two insiders who recently penned books on the glittery subcultures of pageantry and figure skating help us understand why these competitions endure among a committed group of fans despite flagging general popularity.
Dick Button is one of the most successful figure skaters of all time, winning two Olympic gold medals and five U.S. national championships. With a decades-long career as a sports broadcaster and two Harvard degrees, he's about as insider as you can get when it comes to figure skating. In his self-published Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century -- and a Little Tomfoolery , Button details why he thinks the current scoring system (that favors tricks) and judging
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