In 1976, Dorothy Hamill won the gold medal in the Winter Olympic Games in Austria. Soon after, she earned the World Championship title in Sweden. Hamill’s sweet face, bobbed hairdo and drive led her to become known as “America’s love.” Following her professional career, Hamill toured together with the Ice Capades from 1977 to 1984.
She begged her parents, Chalmers and Carol, to let her take lessons as a kid so she could find out the best way to skate back, and they concurred.
Dorothy Hamill became instantly focused on the sport, often heading to the rink for 4:30 a.m. practices. She won silver again in 1975, in the World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The next year, the 19-year old Hamill won the gold medal in the 1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Soon after her success, she earned the world championship title in Gothenburg, Sweden. With this time, Hamill’s sweet face, bobbed hairdo and unbridled enthusiasm had led her to become known as “America’s love.”
As well as mastering numerous figure skating abilities, Hamill is credited with devising new moves of her own. One such move became known as the “Hamill camel,” a mix of a camel and sit spin.
Following her professional career, from 1977 to 1984, Dorothy Hamill toured widely together with the Ice Capades.
In 1993, following the Ice Capades started to struggle financially, Hamill purchased the business. She afterwards sold it to International Family Entertainment. Hamill continues to skate in shows, nevertheless, and is now a frequent performer of the show Broadway on Ice.
Hamill has received many honours, including inductions to the Olympic Hall of Fame as well as the Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and was chosen to run the torch to the Olympic Stadium in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The next year, she published her autobiography A Skating Life: My Story. Also, in February 2013, Hamill was declared as among the most recent contestants of Dancing with the Stars, ABC’s popular dancing-contest show, as well as country singer Wynonna Judd, humorous guy D.L. Hughley, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and many other stars.
In January 2008, Hamill declared that she had been treated for breast cancer. She moved to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for treament and now works together with the Nantucket skating team. She also continues her work with several charities, for example, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics as well as the American Cancer Society.
She and Forsythe possess a daughter, Alexandra.