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Figure SkatingA chance meeting with Dick Button

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 12:45 PM

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U.S. Olympic Figure Skating gold medallist, Dick Button, recently spoke with CBCSports.ca's figure skating analyst, PJ Kwong. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) U.S. Olympic Figure Skating gold medallist, Dick Button, recently spoke with CBCSports.ca's figure skating analyst, PJ Kwong. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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As a seven-time US champion, five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion, Dick Button has the skating goods. In a recent run-in, CBCSports.ca's figure skating analyst convinced the on-ice legend to discuss Canada's top men's skater.

When you're in the right place at the right time, you might just come across a unique opportunity.

Wednesday night was the book launch for 'Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration' by Frances Dafoe with introduction by Dick Button.

Dick Button? My ears immediately perked up.

You may remember that he was No. 1 on my Top-10 list of all-time skating men. As the seven-time US champion, European champion (when they briefly allowed non-Europeans to compete) five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion, Dick Button has the skating goods.

Wading my way through the crowded room, weaving past skating superstar after superstar, I set my sights on Mr. Button.

"Nice to see you, world champions and Olympians Don Jackson, Brian Orser and Maria Jelinek," I thought, "But I've got bigger fish to fry."

Fortunately, I am never without my camera (although, except for the record function, I still don't really know how to use it). I sidled up to Mr. Button and, with the help of his lifelong friend "the author," he agreed to talk to me about Patrick Chan.

Before I even got the chance to press record, Button said that Chan's most important quality was his strength as a competitor. Luckily, even after my thumb found the right button, the ever-articulate Mr. Button had lots more to say.

In case you weren't sure, Frances Dafoe is a skating superstar in her own right. Dafoe is a Canadian figure skating legend who won two world titles--including Canada's first in pairs skating--and an Olympic silver medal with Norris Bowden. After retiring from competition, Ms. Dafoe went on to a very successful career as an international, world and Olympic judge. She was also highly acclaimed as a costume designer for theatre, films and TV.

You just never know who you're going to meet.

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