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Dick Button

Full name: Richard Totten "Dick" Button
Gender: Male
Born: July 18, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Philadelphia Skating Club, Ardmore (USA) / Skating Club of Boston, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Figure Skating

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Prior to World War II, figure skating was simply that, cutting pretty figures on the ice. But with his bold jumps and spins, Dick Button ushered in a newer, modern era of athleticism on ice. His record clearly makes him the most dominant figure skater, male or female, of the modern era. Dick Button won the U.S. men’s title from 1946 through 1952, the world title from 1948 until 1952, and two Olympic gold medals. In 1948 he became the first American to win the European championship, and it was promptly changed to a closed event. From 1946 on, he was beaten only once, in a highly controversial decision at the 1947 world championships, where he outscored the Swiss skater Hans Gerschwiler but was relegated to second place by ordinal scores. So dominant was Button that at the 1952 Olympics, he became the first and only individual to be placed first by every Olympic judge in every phase of the competition. Button was the first skater to perform several risky jumps in competition, among them the double axel and triple toe loop. In 1949 he won the Sullivan Award, emblematic of the outstanding amateur athlete in the country – the first winter athlete to be so honored. Button graduated Harvard in 1952 and finished law school there in 1956. He became an announcer for televised figure skating events but he also formed his own company which, among other things, sponsors professional skating competitions.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Men's Singles United States USA 1 Gold
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating Men's Singles United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MP TO TP RP O CFP FSP FSS
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings 1 8×1+ 10.0 1,720.6 191.177
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #1 1 190.5 1.0 108.6 81.9
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #2 2 184.4 2.0 106.0 78.4
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #3 1 199.4 1.0 116.1 83.3
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #4 1 195.3 1.0 113.4 81.9
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #5 1 189.1 1.0 108.6 80.5
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #6 1 191.4 1.0 110.9 80.5
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #7 1 187.8 1.0 110.8 77.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #8 1 194.9 1.0 112.3 82.6
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #9 1 187.8 1.0 108.0 79.8
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures 1 6×1+ 14.0 994.7 110.522
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #1 1 108.6 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #2 2 106.0 2.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #3 1 116.1 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #4 1 113.4 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #5 2 108.6 2.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #6 1 110.9 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #7 1 110.8 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #8 1 112.3 1.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #9 4 108.0 4.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating 1 9×1+ 9.0 725.9 80.656
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #1 1 81.9 1.0 11.7
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #2 1 78.4 1.0 11.2
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #3 1 83.3 1.0 11.9
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #4 1 81.9 1.0 11.7
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #5 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #6 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #7 1 77.0 1.0 11.0
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #8 1 82.6 1.0 11.8
1948 Winter 18 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #9 1 79.8 1.0 11.4
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings 1 9×1+ 9.0 1,730.3 192.256
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #1 1 189.3 1.0 108.8 80.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #2 1 188.3 1.0 107.8 80.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #3 1 191.1 1.0 110.6 80.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #4 1 191.5 1.0 111.0 80.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #5 1 199.9 1.0 117.3 82.6
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #6 1 191.6 1.0 109.7 81.9
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #7 1 194.2 1.0 112.3 81.9
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #8 1 189.3 1.0 108.1 81.2
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #9 1 195.1 1.0 114.6 80.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures 1 9×1+ 9.0 1,000.2
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #1 1 108.8 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #2 1 107.8 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #3 1 110.6 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #4 1 111.0 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #5 1 117.3 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #6 1 109.7 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #7 1 112.3 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #8 1 108.1 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #9 1 114.6 1.0
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating 1 9×1+ 9.0 730.1
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #1 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #2 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #3 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #4 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #5 1 82.6 1.0 11.8
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #6 1 81.9 1.0 11.7
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #7 1 81.9 1.0 11.7
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #8 1 81.2 1.0 11.6
1952 Winter 22 Oslo Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #9 1 80.5 1.0 11.5
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