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I was a natural on the dangerous ice. Of course, not when I was an infant. I was born July 18th, 1929 in Englewood, NJ. I recieved my first pair of skates at the age of 11 for Christmas from my father. Sadly, he bought me hockey skates instead of figure skates. My father quickly swapped them for figure skates. My parents signed me up for skating lessons. I was 5'2 and 160 pounds, so my skating teacher told me that I would never be a natural figure skater with good talent. Boy, was he wrong. My parents signed me up for a different teacher, and that's when I really started to learn how to skate. After I had been training for five years, I won seven National Championships in a row. That was 1948 through 1952. In that same time period, I had won five World Championships in a row. I was so proud of all my accomplishments. They don't stop here.

In 1949, I won the Sullivan Award for the nation's best athlete. I was so happy because it had never gone to a figure skater before.I was so astonished by this award. In 1952, I enrolled in Harvard Law School. I was going to Yale, but then they told me that I would have to stop competing in order to stay in Yale. So, of course, I switched to Harvard where my skating competitions wouldn't be a problem. When I was a Harvard freshman, I actually did a double axel for the first time! That was in 1948 at the Olympics. I won a gold medal for the U.S.A. Or, as I like to say, I won it for NJ.

In the 1952 olympics, I did a triple jump, which was never done in the olympics before. I also won another gold medal for the U.S.A. Sadly, that was the year I had retired from figure skating. Then, I started to act. I actually have acted in quite a few things. I was in "The Young Doctors" and "Dancing is a Man's Game." I actually made an appearance on the T.V. show "Beverly Hills 90210." I was impressive!

In 1976, I was put in the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the same year it had been founded. I never thought I could make it this far. I guess I was really that good. In 1981, I actually won an Emmy Award for outstanding sports personality. Who would have guessed? More recently, I am currently a judge on Skating with the Stars along with Johnny Weir and Laurieann Gibson. That is now, 2010.

If you're wondering about my personal life, I was married to Slavka Kohout in 1975. Later we divorced. We had two children. Their names were Emily and Edward Button. They're wonderful and couldn't be better kids! I'm still alive at 81 years old. I love life and couldn't be prouder about my accomplishments. I hope the world will remember me as a NJ figure skater. I love NJ!

I.M. Period 1

Sources:
"Button, "Dick" (Richard T.)." hickoksports.com. 18 Feb. 2009. Web. 21 Dec. 2010

"Button, Richard Totten (Dick)" s9.com n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2010

Sources for pictures and videos:
"Dick-Button-1952-Oslo". JPG. google.com/images. google. web. 21 Dec 2010.
"1952 Winter Olympics- Dick Button". AVI. google.com/images. google. web. 21 Dec 2010.

Note from Mrs. Ross: This looks more like a time line than an essay. Also, think of a stronger lead and avoid "got". Thanks!

Comment from JG: I love your opener. It really catches the eye! You also used a lot of voice and I learned a lot about D.B. and his personality.

Comment for EB(; : I liked how you added a lot of voice:D! Fo example(: ''i was impresive!'' and ''Or as I say, I won it for NJ''

comment from N.A.: I love how you put in lots of facts. I learned so much about Dick Button!:)

comment from, A.S. I love your opening, it hooked me, also I loved the quotes you used."

comment from C.H.: you had a great lead and you also put a lot of voice into your article! you also explained a lot and added a lot of great facts!

comment from S.B.: Your essay was great! I thought it kept me hooked the entire time! I didn't know that Dick Button got put in the fall of fame in 1976. Your essay had great facts in it too! :)