I was watching an old clip from the Ladies free skate at worlds from 1992, and Dick Button referred to Kristi Yamaguchi as "Too legit to Quit" interms of going pro
- 6 North American Championships (North Americans are no longer held).
- Won all these titles and educational accomplishments in an era when they took the boat to Europe to compete.
- Of all his competitions, his didn't win his very first one (his first teacher advised him to quit as he didn't have any talent). He finished 2nd in his first World Championships. Every other competition he ever entered - He Won !
One of my favorites - in reference to John Nicks? (maybe Frank Carroll) - "The old goat."
It was Mr. Nicks- "The sly old goat".
No - it was "old goat". He directed it at Frank Carroll after Kwan skated a great program and Frank was putting his poker face on and trying not to look overly pleased. I forget which competition it was.
I want to say that Button called Nicks a "sly old fox" during the 2005 US Nats broadcast, but I can't find the clip just yet.
I was mistaken...falling-dance is correct.
I always got a kick out of it when Dick would queen out at the end of Michelle's performances. He would end up either spluttering, clapping in the booth or praising her in a way that only could he understand or usually some combination of the above.
2004 US Championships - LP
2003 World Championships - LP
1998 US Championships - LP
Dick and Peggy were talking about the days when international skating championships were held outdoors.
Peggy: "I competed at the last."
Dick: "I competed at the first."
I know I'm not quoting it correctly, but in response to a failed element:
"Whatever that was supposed to be, it wasn't."
"Those are very harsh marks. Correct marks, but harsh."
To all Dick's fans, his tribute from 2010 Caesars:
What an incredible legend and icon of the sport. Some of these pictures I've never seen before, but he has earned the right to obsess about good positions and flexibility. His split jumps!!!
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”– MLK