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About the Book

Everything many of us know about figure skating, we learned from the man who’s been called the “Voice of Figure Skating.” Now Dick Button, the Emmy Award-winning skating commentator famous for his precise, passionate, opinionated rinkside analyses and for his historic career as a two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion, and seven-time U.S. Champion (plus being the inadvertent inventor of the flying camel, the first to successfully land a double Axel in competition, and the first ever to do a triple jump) demystifies this art and sport beloved by millions.

In Push Dick’s Button, you’ll learn about the difference between a Lutz and a Salchow . . . performance highs and lows . . . memorable entrances, exits, and falls (including his own) . . . costume delights and disasters . . . the new judging rules . . . and nuggets of skating training and history, PLUS stories about Katarina Witt, Peggy Fleming, Johnny Weir, Brian Boitano, Dorothy Hamill, and more, including today’s champions, such as Evgeni Plushenko, Davis and White, and the latest sensations. Droll, dishy, dramatic, and dead-on, this book is like a one-on-one conversation with the man whose unsurpassed knowledge, experience, and love of figure skating have influenced generations.

About the Author

Dick Button is widely considered one of the premier male figure skaters of all time. He dominated the world of figure skating for a seven-year period, winning two Olympic gold medals (1948 and 1952), five consecutive World Championships, and seven U.S. National titles. Button has since had a long and illustrious broadcasting career, and he became the first winner of an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Analyst” in 1981. Button is a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and Olympic Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and is a frequent garden lecturer. He has two children, Edward and Emily.

Peggy Fleming

“Working as an ABC commentator for 28 years with Dick was a real adventure! I can NOW imagine what his mother must have gone through!”

Peggy Fleming

Olympic Figure Skating Champion, three-time World Champion, TV commentator

Brian Boitano

“Dick Button is the custodian of the History of Figure Skating and its quintessential voice. He made the words “lutz” and “salchow” part of our everyday vocabulary.”

Brian Boitano

Olympic Figure Skating Champion, two-time World Champion, star of Food Network, author of cookbook What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Dorothy Hamill

“A witty, insightful read by the grand master of all things skating. I could listen to Dick talk about skating until hell freezes over!”

Dorothy Hamill

Olympic Figure Skating Champion, World Champion, U.S. National Champion, TV star

Johnny Weir

“Dick Button is a master among men. In addition to being an Olympic hero for millions, Mr. Button is the voice of a generation with years of creating memories and bringing figure skating and the Olympic Games into living rooms around the nation, including mine. The honor of being within earshot of this marvelous gentleman has been my pleasure many times over, and now with this conversational novel the world can enjoy the same wit and expertise in the palms of their hands.”

Johnny Weir

Two-time Olympic Figure Skater, three-time U.S. National Champion, TV star and analyst

Christine Brennan

“We’ve been listening to Dick Button talk about figure skating for more than 50 years, and rightly so. He is the most important voice the sport has ever known. Now comes his new book, filled with wonderful commentary, insight, criticism and humor. If Dick Button is talking about skating, we all should be listening, and reading.”

Christine Brennan

USA Today columnist, ABC News and PBS commentator, author of the best-selling Inside Edge