- NAME: Dick Button
- OCCUPATION: Ice Skater, Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: July 18, 1929 (Age: 84)
- Did You Know?: Playing himself, Dick Button called a sumo wrestling match in the 1978 film The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.
- EDUCATION: Harvard University, Harvard Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Englewood, New Jersey
- Full Name: Richard Totten Button
- AKA: Dick Button
- AKA: Richard Button
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Innovative American figure skater Dick Button won back-to-back Olympic gold medals and seven straight U.S. titles before becoming an acclaimed broadcaster.
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He served as a figure skating commentator for CBS' coverage of the 1960 Winter Olympics, marking the start of a long second career in the broadcast booth for the sport’s biggest events.
Button created the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in 1973, and in 1976 he was among the inaugural inductees to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Two years later, he survived a brutal attack by a gang of young men who went on a rampage in Central Park.
Button continued to gain prominence as a television analyst, earning acclaim for his pointed, honest critiques of skaters and their routines. In 1981 he was honored as the first winner of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Analyst.
Named person of the century by International Figure Skating magazine in 1999, Button fell while attempting to dust off some old moves a year later and suffered a fractured skull. Although the injury left him with permanent hearing loss, Button recovered use of his cognitive functions. He brought his renowned analytic skills back to the airwaves after a few months, while also serving in his new role as national spokesman for the Brain Injury Association of America.
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