Dick Button

1948 Olympic Gold Medallist
St. Moritz, Switzerland

1952 Olympic Gold Medallist
Oslo, Norway


Event/Season 1943/44 1944/45 1945/46 1946/47 1947/48 1948/49 1949/50 1950/51 1951/52
Winter Olympic Games         1st       1st
World Championships       2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships         1st        
North American Championships       1st   1st   1st  
U.S. Championships 1st N. 1st J. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st


Born: July 18, 1929 in Englewood, NJ.

Coach: Gus Lussi

Skating Clubs: SC of Boston, Philadelphia SC and Humane Society.

Started training seriously at age 12.

1944: U.S. Novice National Champion.

1945: U.S. Junior National Champion.

1946 - 1952: U.S. National Champion starting at age 16.

1947: World Championships Silver Medalist.

1948: European Championships - Gold Medalist

1948 Olympics, St. Moritz, Switzerland - Gold Medalist

1948-1952: World Champion

1952 Olympics, Oslo, Norway - Gold Medalist

1952: Retired from skating, earned a law degree from Harvard.

1952: Began touring with Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice.


1962: Began work as a skating commentator for ABC.

1975: Married skating coach Slavka Kohout; later divorced.

1976: Inducted in World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

1981: Won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Analyst.

Only American single skater who was Novice, Junior, and Senior Champion in consecutive years.

Founded Candid Productions, created many made for television skating events, including the World Professional Figure Skating Championships.

First to land a double Axel, a triple jump, first male to perform a camel spin, invented the flying camel, first American World Champion, first American figure skating gold medallist, first and only American back-to-back Olympic Champion in figure skating, youngest man to win the Olympic gold medal in figure skating (18).

Button is the only American who won the European Championship.  Since then,  only skaters from European federations are eligible to compete in the European Championships.

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