Scott Hamilton The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the attention of the world 25 years ago with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a commentator, performer and best-selling author. He further inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and cancer and brain tumor survivor. Most recently, Hamilton released his new inspirational book “The Great Eight” and signed on to be part of Season 8, “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.
Scott Hamilton’s biography is among the most inspiring in the history of sports. His remarkable courage, determination and dignity have made him a champion in the truest sense of the word.
In the 1996-97 figure skating season, Scott Hamilton began what would have been a standard twelve months filled with numerous professional competitions, network television specials and touring the country in Stars On Ice, a production Hamilton conceived and co-founded. However, an unexpected event interrupted this routine and forever changed his life, and eventually would change the life of many others. On March 18, 1997, Scott Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” he said. “I feel 100% confident that I can overcome this disease and be back on the ice within a few months.” And, after twelve weeks of successful chemotherapy treatments followed by an equally successful surgery to treat his cancer, and just six weeks of recuperation, that is exactly what he did.
Play Video: Scott Hamilton Cares InitiativeBut he didn”t stop here. Scott Hamilton then turned his experience with cancer into an opportunity to help others with cancer and is now a lifetime spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and the founder of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, the Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship. Through CARES, Scott champions the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, promotes ChemoCare.com and helps raise money for breakthrough cancer research. It is Scott’s vision to eradicate cancer within his lifetime, and his mission remains to help find strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals with cancer.
Beyond his CARES Initiative, Scott Hamilton is actively involved in a wide variety of charitable events, including those for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Athletes Against Drugs, Target House and the Pediatric Aids Foundation. When he has free time, he enjoys playing golf.
Scott calls Nashville, Tennessee home with his wife Tracie, and their two children Aidan and Maxx.