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Top 13 U.S. Winter Olympians

These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts. Choose your favorite winter Olympian in our poll

Dick Button, Figure Skating

Dick Button, Figure Skating
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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.

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