Top 13 U.S. Winter Olympians
These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts. Choose your favorite winter Olympian in our poll
- By Megan Gambino
- Smithsonian.com, January 19, 2010
Dick Button (Allsport Hulton / Archive)
Dick Button has certainly left his mark on the figure skating world. In the 1940s and 50s, he logged a long list of firsts, becoming the first to perform a flying camel spin, which he invented; the first to land a double axel; the first to land a triple jump; and the first American skater to win the Olympic title, which he did in both the 1948 and 1952 Winter Games. Since the early 1960s, Button has been a figure skating commentator for ABC Sports.