This week is my Featured Connections to Winter Olympians.
23 degrees from Dick Button
Dick Button is an American figure skater and skating analyst. He is a two-time Olympic
champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948’1952). He is the only non-
European man to have become European champion and is credited as having been the
first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition (1948), as well as
the first triple jump of any kind ’ a triple loop (1952). He invented the flying camel spin,
which was originally known as the "Button camel".
24 degrees from Peggy Fleming
Peggy Fleming is a World Champion American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist,
as well as sports commentator.
30 degrees from Gillis Grafstr’m
Gillis was an Olympic champion in figure skating, winning three gold and one silver
medal. He is the only male figure skater to date to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics.
22 degrees from Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton is a World Champion American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist
(1984). He is known for his backflip on the ice, a move that is technically illegal
according to competition rules, but always a crowd-pleaser for non-competitive performances
33 degrees from Sixten Jernberg
Sixten Jernberg was a Swedish Cross-Country Skier, winner of four Olympic gold medals
and four gold medals in the World Championships.
25 degrees from Jean-Claude Killy
Jean-Claude Killy is a French alpine ski champion, racing and businessman. He became a
triple Olympic champion in 1968.
30 degrees from Sven Kramer
He is a long track speed skater representing the Netherlands at distances from 500 to
10000m, in addition to the team pursuit. He competed at the Olympic Games from 2006
to 2022, where he won 4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. At the World Single
Distance Championships, he has won 21 gold medals.
20 degrees from Sonja Onstad
Sonja Henie was a figure skater and an actress
26 degrees from Frank Rankin
Frank coached the 1924 Olympic Canadian hockey team to a gold medal. He was a 1961
inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
30 degrees from Georg Thoma
At the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Georg was
the flagbearer of the German team. There he won the Bronze medal in the Nordic Combined competition. In 1966, Georg concluded his career after winning the World
26 degrees from Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist
(2010). She has won four World Cup overall championships. In 2016 she won her 20th
World Cup crystal globe title, an all-time record among men or women. Vonn is considered one of the most successful American ski racers in history.
All of the above information is credited to http://wikitree.com
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everything Genealogy related.
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