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Richard BUTTON

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First jumper to successfully completing a triple loop in competition

First gold through innovation

Two days before the free skating portion of the Olympic Winter Games in 1948, 18-year-old Richard "Dick" Button successfully completed a double Axel for the first time. Despite its newness, he attempted the move in competition anyway. Landing it perfectly, eight of the nine judges awarded Button first place and he went home with the gold medal.

Second gold through innovation

In 1952 at the Olympic Games in Oslo the young skater decided to take another risk. Despite a high probability of winning the competition with the safe programme, Dick decided to attempt a triple look. No skater had ever performed a triple jump in competition before him. Once again, Button hit his innovative jump perfectly with the judges unanimously voting him the winner.

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Richard Button (USA)

Richard Button (USA) smiles as he shows off the gold medal he won in the men’s individual figure skating competition (Oslo 1952 OG)

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Grenoble 1968-Dick BUTTON, ABC TV anchor man during the figure skating events.
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Oslo 1952-Figure skating-BUTTON Dick (USA) 1st.
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"At the age of 18, Richard ""Dick"" Button won his first gold at the Olympic Winter Games in St.Moritz. Watch his performance four years later in Oslo, again crowned with the gold medal!"
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1948: Winter Olympic Games, St Moritz. Figure skating Harvard freshman, Richard (Dick) Button became Olympic champion at the age of eighteen, repeating the feat as a final year student four years later in Oslo. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
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