North Salem's Dick Button Talks Figure Skating In New Book

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North Salem resident Dick Button has published a book about his life in figure skating. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Two-time Olympic figure skating gold-medalist and North Salem resident Dick Button has published new book he describes as a conversation for fans of the sport. 

"Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century – and a Little Tomfoolery," gives readers a glimpse into the events and people that have shaped the skating world for the past seven decades.

"I've been skating since I was a child and have a deep love of the sport,"  Button said in a statement. "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."

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.

Button 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. He went on have a long broadcasting career where he became known as "the voice of figure skating."

Button's book is available for purchase on 

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