Sport: Double-Double

Six judges in rubber overshoes shuffled carefully out onto the ice rink of the Empire Stadium at Wembley, England last week, to confirm what a crowd of 8,000 already knew: that Dick Button of Englewood, NJ. was the best figure skater in the world.

What the crowd and judges had just seen was Harvard Sophomore Button in the free-skating event of the 1950 world's championship. All the judges had to do was to score Button (on a decimal scale from 1 to 6) for his performance.

The Impossible. Up went the judges' cardboard squares, and up went a roar of approval from the...