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1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Scott Hamilton

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton in 1990

Mike Powell/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images Scott Hamilton - 1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Scott Hamilton - 1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Photo bu Steve Powell - Getty Images Scott Hamilton in 2007

Scott Hamilton in 2007

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1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion:

Scott Hamilton won the Olympics in figure skating in 1984. He is known for his charismatic personality on and off the ice.

Born:

Scott Hamilton was born on August 28, 1958.

Place of Birth:

Scott was born in Toledo, Ohio.

Adopted at Age Six:

Scott Hamilton was adopted when he was six weeks old by Ernest and Dorothy Hamilton.

Sister and Brother:

Hamilton has an older sister named Susan and younger brother named Steven who also were adopted.

Childhood Illness:

Scott was very sick as a child. He did not grow at the same rate as other children. Eventually, the illness disappeared; it is said that he began to grow because he ice skated. It was said that the cold air in the ice rinks and all the physical activity helped to miraculously cure him. He was always small in stature, but he did grow.

Coaches:

In Scott's early days, he trained under Giuliano Grossi. He also worked with Carlo Fassi. Pierre Brunet, Evy Scotvold and other coaches. His coach at the peak of his figure skating career was Don Laws.

Sponsors:

Much of Scott's financial skating support came from Helen and Frank McLoraine.

Flag Carrier in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid:

Scott carried the flag for the United States in the Opening Ceremonies for the 1980 Winter Olympics. He placed fifth in the 1980 Olympics.

Consecutive Wins from 1981 to 1984:

From 1981 through 1984, Scott won every U.S. National Championship and every world championship. The highlight of his amateur figure skating career was when he won the 1984 Olympics. He was the first American male figure skater to win a medal in skating since 1960.

Scott Hamilton - Professional Skater and Entertainer:

Scott toured with Ice Capades for two years. He created his own show after that. That show eventually evolved into what is now Stars on Ice. He also began a series of prime time television skating specials.

Professional Awards:

Hamilton won the world professional figure skating championship in 1984 and 1986, the Open Professional in 1990, the 1992 Diet Coke Championship, and the 1994 Gold Championships. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Cancer in 1997:

Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1997. After a successful surgery he skated and performed again.

Benign Tumor in 2004:

In 2004 it was publicized that Scott Hamilton had a benign brain tumor.

Television Commentator and Personality:

Scott Hamilton has served as a figure skating commentator for CBS television and NBC television. He hosted the FOX television program "Skating with Celebrities" in 2006.

Scott Hamilton Autobiography:

In his book, Scott Hamilton remembers his life. He tells of his childhood where he fought a disease that stunted his growth. Then he remembers the 1984 Olympics and tells the reader about his battle with testicular cancer.

Family:

Scott Hamilton is married to Tracie Robinson. The couple has two sons: Aiden and Maxx.

 

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