Scott Hamilton Bio
Scott Hamilton (Scott Scovell Hamilton) is a retired American figure skater and also Olympic gold medalist. Scott won four consecutive U.S. championships from 1981 to 1984, four consecutive World Championships from 1981 to 1984, and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Hamilton’s signature move is a backflip, a feat that few other figure skaters could perform, this is against U.S. Figure Skating including Olympic competition rules, yet which he would include in his exhibition routines as an amateur to please the crowd and also in his professional competition routines. Scott is also recognized for his innovative footwork sequences. In his retirement, Hamilton has been involved in charitable work and is the author of three books.
Scott Hamilton Age
Scott Hamilton Height|Weight
Scott Hamilton Net Worth
Scott Hamilton Family|Married|Wife|Children|Daughter
On November 14, 2002, Hamilton and Tracie Robinson, a nutritionist tied a knot. The duo has three sons together namely, Aidan McIntosh Hamilton who was born on September 13, 2003, Maxx Thomas Hamilton who was born on January 21, 2008, and Jean Paul. They also have one daughter, Evelyne. They have a dog, Boogie. The family lives happily in Franklin, Tennessee.
Scott Hamilton Illnesses
Earlier in 1997, Hamilton had a much-publicized battle with testicular cancer. He made a return to skating after his treatment and his story was also featured in magazines including on television. It was announced on November 12, 2004, that he was having a benign brain tumour, which was treated at the Cleveland Clinic.
On June 23, 2010, he underwent brain surgery to prevent the recurrence of the benign tumour discovered in 2004. Called craniopharyngioma, the tumour could have caused blindness if not treated. The surgery done was successful. Later in November that year, Hamilton was in the hospital again. During the extraction of the tumor, an artery in the brain was “nicked”. The bleeding was stopped, yet an aneurysm formed days later. He came through the surgery well.
In 2016, he announced that he had received his third brain tumor diagnosis. In late March the following year (2017), he stated that the tumor had shrunk without chemotherapy.
Scott Hamilton Skating Career
Back in 1980, Hamilton finished third in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, earning him a place on the U.S. Olympic team. Scott finished in fifth place at the 1980 Winter Olympics, where he also had the honor of carrying the American flag during the opening ceremony. Scott’s breakthrough performance was in the 1981 U.S. Championships.
Hamilton performed flawlessly and the audience began a standing ovation several seconds before the end of the performance. Scott never lost an amateur competition again. Later in 1981, he won gold in the World Figure Skating Championships. Hamilton won gold again in 1982 and 1983 at the U.S. and also World Championships and won the gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Scott won that year’s World Championships and then turned professional in April 1984. Just after turning professional, Scott toured with the Ice Capades for a period of two years and then created “Scott Hamilton’s American Tour,” which was later renamed Stars on Ice. Scott co-founded, co-produced and performed in Stars on Ice for about 15 years before retiring from the tour in 2001 (although he still returns for occasional guest performances).
Hamilton has been awarded numerous skating honors, as well as being the first solo male figure skater to be awarded the Jacques Favart Award in 1988. Later in 1990, he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Scott Hamilton Faith|Religion
Hamilton is a Christian and has talked about his faith, claiming that he understands that through a strong relationship with Jesus one can endure anything… God is there to guide us through the tough spots. He also says that God was there every single time, every single time.
Scott Hamilton Skating commentator
Hamilton was a skating commentator for CBS television for several years, starting in 1985. Scott has also worked for NBC television. Earlier in 2006, he was the host of the FOXtelevision program Skating with Celebrities. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International.
Scott Hamilton Awards and recognition
- Hamilton was presented the 1984 Most Courageous Athlete Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (1985)
- The Associated Press released results of a national sports study in which Hamilton ranked as one of the top eight most popular athletes in America, ranking far ahead of big-name sports stars such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, and Nolan Ryan (1993)
- Hamilton was presented the United States Sports Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award in recognition of his courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in the sport (1996)
- Hamilton received the Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (1996)
Scott Hamilton Television appearances
Hamilton has voiced the dog dancing commentator on the King of the Hill episode “Dances with Dogs”. He also appeared in 2008 The Fairly Oddparents episode “The Fairy Oddlympics” as Timmy Turner’s co-host. Scott also appeared on August 26, 2008, episode of Wanna Bet? where he finished 2nd, where he lost to Bill Engvall. Later in 2009, he appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Hamilton made a small appearance on Roseanne as himself. He participated in a mock linoleum skating competition credit sequence. Hamilton also made a brief appearance in the film Blades of Glory. On March 8, the following year (2010), Scott Hamilton: Return to the Ice aired on the Bio Channel. The two-hour television special chronicled Hamilton’s return to skating after battling cancer.
Back in 2009, Hamilton wrote the book The Great Eight, which shared the secrets to his happiness including how he overcame several challenges and disappointments throughout his life. Later in 2018, he wrote the book Finish First: Winning Changes Everything (publisher: Thomas Nelson), about the value of competition.
Scott Hamilton Charitable work
In 1990, as the Make-A-Wish Foundation honoured its 10th birthday, Scott was recognized as the Foundation’s first ever “Celebrity Wish Granter of the Year.”
Hamilton founded the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation to assist with cancer patient support. Scott has been a longtime volunteer with the Special Olympics and presently serves as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. He has also helped benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, of which he is an honorary board member too.
Scott Hamilton Political views
In 2012, Hamilton made appeared publicly in support of the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney. Hamilton has also spoken in support of Donald Trump and appeared in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice.