Interviewing Dick Button was an absolute dream come true. Like so many of you, I grew up watching figure skating on television and it was Dick and Peggy Fleming's amazing commentary that really made me interested in the sport. Likewise, it was the amazing skating that came out of all of the great professional competitions in the 90's that made me fall in LOVE with skating and want to skate myself. I started blogging less than a year ago and in that short time, have published interviews with over 100 skaters, coaches, choreographers, historians and fans of the sport and have written over 100 other pieces, many about artistic and professional skating and the sport's history. I don't really 'do' a lot on 'IJS skating', because I think great skating is so much MORE than that. I'm a firm believer that EVERYONE who's touched by figure skating has an important story to share but in all honesty, in interviewing everyone from Gary Beacom to Jason Brown to Natalia Bestemianova, Shawn Sawyer, Anita Hartshorn and Meagan Duhamel, the stories have been OUT OF THIS WORLD but my one 'Holy Grail' was the chance to interview 2 time Olympic Gold Medallist Dick Button.
In conjunction with the interview, I had 'Dick Week' on my blog at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard, sharing short videos of people in the skating community talking about Dick's impact on skating. I thank Audrey Weisiger, CBC Sports commentator P.J. Kwong, Jeremy Abbott's amazing mother Allison Scott, Doug Mattis, Lorna Brown and EVERYONE who contributed. That was amazing and I've sent all of the videos off to Dick!
Be sure to also check out ManleyWoman SkateCast's upcoming interview with Dick as well. We worked together in coordinating our interviews and I'm a HUGE fan of the work Allison has done in bringing these amazing podcasts she does to life with some of the world's best skaters. I'm a firm believer that celebrating and talking about skating can be about learning and can be a POSITIVE experience without all of the snark and I applaud all of the amazing bloggers, podcasters, writers and website owners out there committed to keeping us educated about the sport and its amazing stories and painting skating with a positive brush - Allison's Manleywoman SkateCast is one of the best there is!
Without further ado, my interview with a living legend, 2 time Olympic Gold Medallist, 5 time World Champion, 3 time North American Champion, European Champion, 7 time U.S. Champion, skating pioneer and builder, author and much loved skating commentator Dick Button: