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Dick Button performs 1st triple jump in figure skating...



Item # 589372

February 22, 1952

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, February 22, 1952

* Dick Button performs 1st triple jump in figure skating
* Elizabeth Taylor gets married


This 34 page newspaper has two column headlines in the sport's section (page 25): "Button First '48 Olympic Titlist to Repeat Victory", "Harvard Student Walks Away With Figure Skating Crown...". This was when the very first triple jump used in competition in figure skating. Page 18 has a two column heading: "Admirers Mob 'Liz' and 'Mike'; London Paper Disapproves"

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Minor spine wear but otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Richard Totten "Dick" Button (born July 18, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American former figure skater and a well-known long-time skating television analyst.

Button was a two-time Olympic champion (1948 and 1952) and is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948, as well as the first triple jump of any kind -- a triple loop -- in 1952. He also invented the flying camel spin, which was originally known as the "Button camel".

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