At the age of 18, Dick Button was a little young to be making history, but he had always thrived on beating the odds. As a youngster, Button had been an enthusiastic young skater, but had only really focused on the sport after his ability was doubted. At the age of 12, Button was told he would never be a good skater, a comment that enraged his father. He sent him to New York to take lessons from leading coach Joe Carroll.
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