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Right On The Button

Updated: January 30, 2002, 8:43 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 5, 1948

At the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Dick Button enters the freestyle skating event with a commanding lead earned in the compulsory figures and a reputation as the best freestyle skater in the world. The 18-year-old from Englewood, N.J., does not disappoint the capacity crowd in the Olympic Ice Center.

He does five leaps and spins that no other skater attempted, and makes everything look easy. At times, he seems to hang poised in the air. At ...

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