I would take the word genius to refer to those prophetic and insightful souls that see farther than their contemporaries with regard to the potential of what blades can do on ice. Dick Button, as the leading skater of his time, felt a personal obligation to the sport to push its boundaries in a new way with each competition. At the 1948 Olympics he landed the first double Axel and debuted the first flying camel spin. At the 1949 world championships he became the first skater to land a double loop / double loop combination. At 1950 worlds he he introduced the first three double jump combo, a 2Lo+2Lo+2Lo. At 1951 worlds he did the first 2A+2Lo combination and also the first 2A+2A sequence. All of this was leading up to the 1952 Olympics, where he did the first triple jump, a triple loop.
I think this fits the bill. Button saw the potential of the sport beyond the vision of his peers.