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Dorothy Hamill

1956-
From: United States: Connecticut
Fields: Sports
 
Hamill, Dorothy Stuart (1956- ), American figure skater, winner of the ladies' figure skating gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. With her Olympic win and her professional ice skating career, Hamill gained lasting international popularity. Born in Riverside, Connecticut, Hamill began skating at the age of six. In 1969 she won the national novice title at the United States Figure Skating Championships, and the following year she won the national junior silver medal at the same competition. After training with one of the world's premier jump teachers, Swiss-American Gus Lussi, in Lake Placid, New York, Hamill moved to Colorado to work with Italian coach Carlo Fassi. Fassi guided her to a silver medal in the 1973 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and then to three consecutive victories in the same competition from 1974 to 1976. From 1972 to 1974, Hamill also won international competitions in France, Germany, England, and Czechoslovakia. In 1974 and 1975 she won silver medals in the world championships. One month after her Olympic victory in 1976, she won the world championships in Göteborg, Sweden. After her successes in 1976, one of Hamill's skating spins, dubbed the "Hamill Camel," became her trademark. Hamill's greatest fame came after she turned professional in 1976. She became one of the most popular performers in the United States, starring in numerous touring shows and television specials in subsequent years. In 1993 she bought Ice Capades, a large touring ice show. She was the show's artistic director and its star performer in the productions Cinderella (1993) and Hansel and Gretel (1994). In 1995 Hamill announced her retirement from touring.

Contributed by: Dale Mitch

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