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scott hamiltonScott Hamilton is a gold-medal olympian figure skater from Bowling Green, Ohio.  Scott has beaten the odds several times in his life and is a respected and admired man.

As a very young child Scott stopped growing. After many tests and wrong diagnoses, the mysterious disease corrected itself and Scott started to grow.  He eventually reached a height of 5 feet 4 inches.

At the age of 13 Scott began training with a former olympian. The cost of training is high and Scott’s amateur career became derailed. Helen and Frank McLoraine stepped in to provide the financial support Scott needed. This support paid off as Scott won many competitions including the gold medal in figure skating at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

After turning professional, Hamilton toured with Ice Capades for two years, and then created “Scott Hamilton’s American Tour,” which eventually became Stars on Ice. He co-founded, co-produced and performed in Stars on Ice for fifteen years before retiring from the tour in 2001 (though he still returns for occasional guest performances).

I hate to date myself but I remember watching the Olympics (at that time, you had no choice, there was nothing else on TV except the Olympics) when Scott Hamilton won his gold medal in Sarajevo.  My mom was especially excited because he was from Bowling Green. We lived 25 miles away from there. Also the fact that Scott went to BGSU and my mom took some college classes while in high school back when “BGSU only had 2 buildings – one for math and one for science – over on Poe Road.”  Yes, I have heard that line hundreds, maybe thousands of times.

I have always been impressed with ice skaters. First, just the fact that they can stand up in ice skates is rather impressive to me. But when you add the ability to actually skate and skate gracefully while jumping and turning and twisting is just down right amazing. In my eyes, anyone who can stay on their skates while on the ice, they deserve a medal of some kind.

Scott was diagnosed and treated with testicular cancer. Scott is an avid supporter of cancer research. Later, in 2004, Scott was diagnosed with a benign tumor on his brain. After six years of unsuccessful, non-surgical treatments, the decision was made to have the surgery. The tumor was growing and likely to cause blindness.

Scott-BGSUScott continues to pay it forward sharing his knowledge, support, and talents with ice skaters, special olympics, Bowling Green State University, and the Ice Arena on the BGSU campus.

Scott has also written two books – The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to Be Miserable) and Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice. Both of Scott Hamilton‘s books as well as a host of other information is available at Amazon.com.