NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Everything many of us know about figure skating we learned from the man who's been called the "Voice of Figure Skating." In his new book, Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century – and a Little Tomfoolery, author, skating commentator, and Olympic gold medalist Dick Button demystifies the sport beloved by millions.
More than just a book about the sport of figure skating, Push Dick's Button gives readers a glimpse into the events and people that have shaped the skating world for the past seven decades. He vividly recounts stories of performance highs and lows … memorable entrances, exits, and falls (including his own) … costume delights and disasters … and so much more, all with nuggets of skating history intertwined.
"I've been skating since I was a child and have a deep love of the sport," said Button. "This book is my tribute to the world of skating. Get ready for a tale that's droll, dishy, dramatic, and dead-on—nothing's held back. I wanted to give readers the same personal insights I'd share with them if I were having a one-on-one conversation with them … and I did!"
In addition to sharing his own stories, Button also includes stories about figure skating greats, such as 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. Push Dick's Button takes readers on a thoughtful, engaging, and surprisingly honest journey through the history (both the ups and downs) of professional figure skating.
About the Dick Button
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.
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