Dick Button

United States Figure Skater + Sports Personality + Actor + Lawyer
Born Jul 18, 1929

Richard Totten "Dick" Button is an American former figure skater and a well-known long-time skating television analyst. He is a two-time Olympic Champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World Champion (1948–1952). He is also the only non-European man to have become European Champion. Button is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948, as well as the first triple jump of any kind – a triple loop – in 1952.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Button.


1929 Birth Born on July 18, 1929.


1943 13 Years Old In his first competition, the 1943 Eastern States Novice Championship, he placed second behind Jean-Pierre Brunet.
1944 14 Years Old In 1944, he won the Eastern States Junior title which earned him the opportunity to compete at the National Novice Championships. … Read More
1945 15 Years Old In 1945, 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 1946 Eastern States Championships. … Read More
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This win earned Button a spot at the 1947 World Championships.
Button faced Gerschwiler again at the 1948 European Figure Skating Championships. … Read More
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In 1949, Button won the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. … Read More


1950 20 Years Old In 1950, he performed the double loop-double loop-double loop.
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In 1951, he performed a double axel-double loop combination and a double axel-double axel sequence. … Read More
At the 1952 Winter Olympics, Button had the lead after figures, with 9 first places, over Helmut Seibt. … Read More


1960 30 Years Old Button provided commentary for CBS's broadcast of the 1960 Winter Olympics, launching a decades-long career in television broadcast journalism.
1961 31 Years Old He did commentary for CBS's broadcast of the 1961 United States Figure Skating Championships.
1962 32 Years Old Beginning in 1962, he worked as a figure skating analyst for ABC Sports, which had acquired the rights to the United States Figure Skating Championships as well as the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships. … Read More
1964 34 Years Old Following his retirement from competition, Button signed on to skate with the Ice Capades during his law school vacations. He toured with Holiday on Ice. He co-produced "Dick Button's Ice-Travaganza" for the 1964 New York World's Fair, starring 1963 World Champion Donald McPherson, but the ice show lost money and closed after a few months. … Read More


1972 42 Years Old Button later passed on this trophy to John Misha Petkevich following the 1972 Olympics and World Championships.
1975 45 Years Old In 1975, Button married figure skating coach Slavka Kohout; the couple later divorced. … Read More


1981 51 Years Old He won an Emmy Award in 1981 for Outstanding Sports Personality – Analyst. … Read More


2006 77 Years Old During the 2006 Games, Button appeared on loan from ABC to once again provide commentary on the Olympics. Also during the 2006 Winter Olympics, USA Network ran a show called Olympic Ice. A recurring segment, called "Push Dick's Button," invited viewers to send in questions which Button answered on the air. The segment proved very popular so ABC and ESPN put it into various broadcasts, most notably the 2006 Skate America, the 2007 United States Figure Skating Championships, and the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships.
2009 80 Years Old In 2009, Button served as a judge on the CBC's Battle of the Blades reality show.
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In late 2010, he was lead judge on Skating with the Stars, produced by BBC Worldwide, producers of Dancing with the Stars.
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