Dorothy Hamill
Figure Skater
Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Stuart Hamill is an American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion in Ladies' Singles and 1976 World Champion.
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A Rare Argument for Facebook (Or How I Learned to Stop Hating High School)
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As anyone who's caught a glimpse of my biceps can surmise, I'm not a violent man. The closest I came to playing a contact sport was Model U.N. Yet, at risk of sounding too Degrassi, in 8th grade I was teased so mercilessly, I started carrying a knife to school. In fairness, it was a Swiss Army Knife. I was more likely to trim my bully's cuticles than stab him. In more fairness, it was a bar mitzvah gift. My other weapon options were a Cross pen, a magnetic backgammon set, four savings bonds and a forest outside of Haifa. I wasn't going to hurt anyone. But helplessness was real. I'm still writing about it, and my therapist can afford a house on the West side. Seems real to me! So, a couple months ago, when I ran into my 8th grade tormentor at the supermarket checkout line, I did what anyone would have done -- I hugged him. And introduced him to my wife. It turns out he (and many others that I had cast as villains in the '80s teen movie of my memory) was actually a good guy. What h ...
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Girls Scouts Today, Leaders Tomorrow
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Elin Cherry Image Source: Elin Cherry I consider myself relatively social media savvy. I am well aware that one of the keys to using social media successfully is not just posting, reading, sharing, and liking, but truly interacting. I still found that aspect challenging, however. Genuinely interacting with others in groups on LinkedIn had not come naturally to me, until last weekend. On Saturday, a member of the LinkedIn group "Network of Executive Women" started a discussion by saying, "I'm senior brand manager at Girl Scouts and was wondering if any of you were ever a Girl Scout? Feel free to respond!" For the first time I was inspired to chime in on LinkedIn and answered, "Of course!" Brief to be sure, but it conveyed my attitude that most successful women were indeed once Girl Scouts. I was also stirred enough to look up the individual asking the question and send her a request to connect. She immediately accepted and then replied with the following: "If you don't min ...
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Halloween: Now and Then
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I'm going to sit here in my rocking chair on my front porch and take a break from churning butter and cross-stitching to tell my children all about Halloween back when I was a kid -- or as they call it, The Olden Days. "When I was your age... nobody ordered their Halloween costumes online! We didn't even have an online to order from! So we made 'em! Out of stuff we found in our houses! Or our backyards!" And then I'd mumble something about "kids today," and start rocking angrily while shaking my fist at the sky. When I was a kid, Halloween was a super fun day... and that was about it. It wasn't this huge, Christmas-like frenzy that involved ordering costumes online in September, decorating both the inside and outside your home, and party after party leading up to the actual day. When I was a kid, I would pick out my Halloween costume the morning of Halloween. I wore the same costume for several years in a row, until I grew out of it or it split at the seams, I can't rememb ...
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4 Quick Ways To Instantly Boost Your Dating Confidence
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Before being single, if you were like me, you probably didn't give much thought to how men saw you. It really didn't matter. You had your man and at least in the beginning he adored you just the way you were, whether in sweats or in a little black dress. When I was married, I can remember doing what I called Casual Sundays. This meant on Sundays it was okay to go out in public with no makeup wearing a bit of a stylized sweat pant outfit. I did it because my husband didn't mind. He loved me for me ... stylized sweats and all. But once I was out there dating, I realized I couldn't meet men in my sweats or my outdated, comfortable clothing. I found that making a couple of quick and easy changes ... took me from feeling kind of dowdy and outdated to feeling chic, confident and pretty spectacular. It can do this for you too! See it as an investment in yourself and your dating life. So where do you start? Let's talk about four quick and easy steps t ...
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March Madness: Basking in the Afterglow of My Bucket List
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
I am not one of those people who has ever had a well-thought out bucket list. Don't get me wrong. I have lots of things that I think about or dreamt about doing over the years. Sure, I always wanted to see the Olympics in person. I did want to meet the athletes, who I felt I knew personally after watching their stories. I did want to hug Kerri Strug after she landed her vault on one foot because her other ankle was badly hurt, effectively securing the gold medal for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team. I remember the feeling of national pride watching the "Miracle on Ice" and watch the movie every year as if it is a religious tradition. Okay, I took years of figure skating lessons and competed for a few years, hoping to follow in the footsteps of my Olympic idol, Dorothy Hamill. Thankfully, I never got that wedge haircut -- and oh by the way -- had little to no talent, which effectively put an end to that bucket list item. I have thought about going on a safari (had to ...
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Unbroken: What I Learned Doing My Daughter's Hair
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When I was a boy, I had glossy hair cut into straight-across bangs intended to mimic the look of Dorothy Hamill, a figure skater I adored. Though I'm mixed-ethnicity Cuban-American, my hair seemed genetically more Mayflower than raft-by-night. No matter what inglorious style I tried, from mullet and to nape-length shag, I could count on tresses that were silky, shiny, and easy to manage. My daughter's hair, beautiful though it may be, is none of those things. Her locks are curly, thirsty and stubbornly willful. They are so different than my own, so foreign to the experience I grew up with, that they have required me to undertake a rigorous course of self-education. In the eight years since she was born, I have watched YouTube clips, read countless articles, scoured online forums designed for parents of children of color, visited urban salons, talked to other moms and dads in the detangling trenches and just about earned my PHD (Pretty Hair Degree). Though I still can't do a full se ...
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5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever
The Street - about 3 years
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- If you're a U.S. television viewer 22 or younger, you've never known a low-budget Super Bowl halftime show. That hasn't always been a good thing. Before 1992, the Super Bowl halftime show was exactly that: A little show put on to fill the time between the game's halves. Until 1990, that show usually consisted of marching bands, pre-Glee chorus groups and the occasional tune from Carole Channing, George Burns, Andy Williams and other notables from yesteryear. It was inoffensive, it was mildly entertaining and typically didn't get a whole lot of lip service at the water cooler the next day. That all changed after Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. A company called Timberline Productions decided to celebrate the host city of Minneapolis and the Olympic year by saddling CBS with a halftime show featuring a figure skating performance from Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill and exactly two songs from easy-listening powerhouse Gloria Estefan. Keep in mind that figure skat ...
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The Official 'Are You Lost in Suburbia?' Quiz
Huffington Post - over 3 years
People often ask me, "How did you know you were lost in suburbia?" I tell them there are varying degrees of being Lost in Suburbia and you don't even have to be IN suburbia to be Lost in Suburbia. It's really about being lost in motherhood. Then they give me a vacant stare, which is probably from not sleeping through the night for seven years, or having to answer too many questions from a 5-year-old that begin with the words, "But how DOES the baby get in the mommy's belly?" Still, I know that for many moms, it would be helpful to know if you really are Lost in Suburbia so you can make some adjustments, such as realizing that the jeans that come out of bin from Costco are probably not going to be the ones that are most flattering on your post-baby body. So, I came up with a quiz you can take to find out if you are Lost in Suburbia and, if so, just how lost you really are and what you can do about it. Presenting the "Are You Lost in Suburbia?" Quiz. Don't cheat or try to m ...
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The Sporting Life: Then and Now
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
My skating debut started casually enough. When I was 8 (ancient by today's standards), my mother signed my sister Liz and me up for group lessons at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, New York. I quickly zipped through the assigned tests, and the teacher suggested to my mother that I was one of the kids "with potential" and should take private lessons before school. That meant at six in the morning. Over the years, I have competed in eight or nine sports: figure skating, women's ice hockey, tennis, squash, triathlons (running, biking, swimming), crew and sex -- if you consider jockeying for position to be a sport! My father used to stand behind the fence to coach me (that is, scream at me) during my high-school tennis matches and my mother's dinner time refrain was, "Why can't you be more like Dottie?" Dottie was Dorothy Hamill, 1976 Olympic figure skating champion. We skated at the same rink every morning before school, and when I went into the locker room to warm my frozen hand ...
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Jennifer Mendelsohn: What I Hope My Son Will Learn From His New Pen Pal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
My son Ethan came home from third grade not long ago bursting with excitement about a new development at school: he had been matched with a pen pal. Hugo is a 9-year-old boy who lives in the south of France. He likes dogs and Legos and dreams of one day "owning a large yacht." He sent a photo of himself, a handsome blond in a well-made button-down shirt, standing stiffly against a classroom wall. Ethan wrote his new friend's name -- HUGO -- on the picture and taped it up over his desk. I wish I could have bottled my son's enthusiasm for a class trip to the post office -- the post office! -- to mail off the first batch of letters to Hugo and his classmates. You'd think he was actually sipping champagne and nibbling brie on an Air France flight to Nice. Oh, to be 8. I was secretly thrilled about Hugo's arrival on the scene, and not just because my son was so happy. What I felt, quite honestly, was something akin to relief. I was reassured that for all his easy access to ...
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Sue Frause: 'The Last Great Race on Earth'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On the first weekend in March, extreme sports fans from around the world descended upon the city of Anchorage, Alaska for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Also known as The Last Great Race on Earth, this year's race was Saturday, March 2 with a ceremonial start from downtown Anchorage. The actual race started a day later on March 3 in Willow Lake, about 40 miles north of Anchorage. The first Iditarod was in 1973 and included 34 teams. For this year's 41st anniversary, there were 66 mushers, including 53 veterans, 13 rookies and 16 women. Entrants hail from seven states and seven countries and will by traveling a distance of approximately 998 miles on the Southern Route, which crosses two mountain ranges and runs along the Yukon River and over the frozen Norton Sound. The teams average 15 dogs, with more than 1,000 dogs at the starting line ithis year. There were 26 checkpoints along the way, including the start and finish in Anchorage and Nome. The Iditarod traditionally p ...
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'I Don't Want To Go Home'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Wynonna Judd is devastated over her "Dancing With The Stars" elimination this week. “I’m devastated in a way because of Tony. I wanted to be the brightest student in the class,” Judd told Access Hollywood, referring to her pro partner and former "DWTS" winner Tony Dovolani. “So, it’s a real roller coaster ride.” On Tuesday, Judd became the first contestant of the dance competition's 16th season to be sent packing. Dorothy Hamill withdrew from the competition during the first elimination so no addition additional contestants were sent home. "I faced some of my biggest fears," Judd said on stage after learning of her elimination. "This is the hardest job I've ever had ... I did the best I could." Though Judd admitted that she had suspected that she was going to get the boot, she told Us Weekly that the elimination was still hard to swallow. "It's a bittersweet thing. I have so much to be grateful for," she said. "I don't want to go home, but I know that it's time ...
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Brenna Weingus: Will Kellie Win It All?
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
After Dorothy Hamill's untimely departure from the show, "Dancing with the Stars" was in need of this week's feel-good prom theme. All of the stars donned their high school best for the "night to remember," but which of the memorable routines will go down in "DWTS" history? And which ones would be better left forgotten? The Dance of the Night: Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Kellie and Derek took the cake last night with their "Footloose" inspired jive. Kellie's quick movements had Bruno calling her "sharper than a Samurai sword" and Len declaring her to be the queen of the prom. Score: 25 The Standouts: Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Jacoby's natural swag came in handy for his sensual rumba with Karina. "You were smoldering like a volcano!" Bruno exclaimed. Even Len, who was clearly searching for negative feedback for the NFL star, could only say he was "shocked" by the performance. Score: 24 Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy:After starting off the competition ...
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'Dancing With the Stars': Dorothy Hamill Withdraws with Injury in Week 2 of Season 16
ABC News - almost 4 years
Olympic figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill is withdrawing from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” because of an injury. Hamill, 56, made the announcement tonight during the end of the first results show of the season. Speaking with tears in her eyes, Hamill said she had...
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Brenna Weingus: She's The One To Beat
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" kicked off on Monday night, complete with a cast of vaguely famous reality stars, athletes, and professionally trained dancers who probably shouldn't be allowed to compete against the likes of Andy Dick. The "stars" of this season include country singers Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd, Olympians Dorothy Hamill and Aly Raisman, TV stars Ingo Rademacher and Zendaya (one name only, kind of a big deal), reality show veterans Lisa Vanderpump and Sean Lowe, athletes Victor Ortiz and Jacoby Jones, comedian DL Hughley, and of course, Andy Dick. The contestants all performed to varying degrees, with Zendaya stealing the show and Hughley falling flat. So how did everyone measure up? The Dance of the Night: Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: Disney channel star Zendaya and her partner Val tackled a contemporary routine that brought down the audience to their feet. OK, so Zendaya is a professionally trained hip-hop dancer, but at just 16 years ol ...
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Sean Lowe Joins 'DWTS'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Sean Lowe has joined the cast of "Dancing With the Stars" Season 16. "The Bachelor" star's involvement was announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, the morning after "The Bachelor" finale aired. While speculated, the network would not confirm his involvement until "The Bachelor" wrapped and Lowe picked his reality TV love. [SPOILER ALERT] On the "Bachelor" finale, Lowe picked Catherine Guidici and in the "After The Rose" special, the couple announced they will get married on TV. Lowe is paired with pro dancer Petra Murgatroyd. “I am so tired of keeping secrets, but now they’re all out,” Lowe said on “GMA." His time on "Dancing With the Stars" could help Lowe out on his wedding day. "When we have our big day. Hopefully, I’ll make her proud," he said. "I won’t make a fool of myself on my dance floor." Lowe will compete against the likes of Andy Dick, Lisa Vanderpump and Dorothy Hamill in hopes of taking home the Mirror Ball trophy. "Dancing With the St ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dorothy Hamill
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 56
    After only two dances, on March 26, 2013 she was forced to withdraw from the competition upon advice from her spine surgeon due to a severe strain on her lower back which was caused during practice.
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    In February 2013, it was revealed that Hamill would take part in the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Tristan MacManus.
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  • 2010
    Age 53
    Hamill was a mentor to three-time U.S. Championship silver medalist and 2010 gold medalist Rachael Flatt.
    More Details Hide Details Flatt, like Hamill, trained in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 2009
    Age 52
    Hamill married her third husband, John MacColl, in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    For much of her adult life, Hamill has experienced chronic depression, which is controlled though medication and therapy. Her daughter also suffers from the condition. In 2008, Hamill announced that she was being treated for breast cancer.
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  • 2007
    Age 50
    Her second autobiography A Skating Life: My Story, was published in 2007.
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    Hamill has continued to skate in shows, including a regular principal role with Broadway on Ice. She was a special guest in the Brian Boitano-Barry Manilow skating extravaganza at AT&T Park in San Francisco in 2007.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 36
    In 1993, the Associated Press released results of a national sports study, showing that Hamill was statistically tied for first place with fellow Olympian, Mary Lou Retton as the most popular athlete in America ranking far ahead of other major sports stars such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, Nolan Ryan and 800 other athletes.
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    After Ice Capades folded due to competition and changing tastes, Hamill and her husband bought the financially strapped company's assets in 1993 in an effort to revive its earlier success, but they declared bankruptcy in 1994 and sold it to Pat Robertson's International Family Entertainment, Inc. in 1995.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 20
    Hamill was an Ice Capades headliner from 1977–1984.
    More Details Hide Details She was asked to join Ice Capades by Donna Atwood, who had been its star for years and who had eventually acquired financial control of the Ice Capades. Hamill was asked to be Atwood's successor as its new star.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 19
    Hamill also won the 1976 World Championships and then turned professional.
    More Details Hide Details Hamill is credited with developing a new skating move — a camel spin that turns into a sit spin - which became known as the "Hamill camel." The bobbed hairstyle that she wore during her Olympic performance was created by stylist Yusuke Suga and started a fad. Her glasses with oversized frames also started a trend in the 1970s. The media dubbed her "America's sweetheart."
    At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Hamill came in second in the figures and then won the short and long programs, taking the gold medal.
    More Details Hide Details She was the last single skater to win the Olympics without a triple jump.
    Hamill was disappointed by her performance at the 1976 U.S. Championships, admitting that she was outskated by Linda Fratianne because she had not trained properly.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately after the national championships, her coach Carlo Fassi left the U.S. to accompany his other star pupil, John Curry, to the European Championships, leaving Hamill coachless with the Olympics only a few weeks away. She began training with Peter Burrows instead. She was pleased with their work together and wanted to bring him to the Olympics as her coach of record. However, the USFSA refused her request and she was reunited with Fassi for a brief period of training in Germany before the Olympics.
    She is the 1976 Olympic champion and 1976 World champion in ladies' singles.
    More Details Hide Details Hamill was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Chalmers and Carol Hamill. Her father was a mechanical engineer. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to the Riverside neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut, where Hamill spent the rest of her childhood. She has two older siblings, a brother, Sandy, and a sister, Marcia.
  • 1975
    Age 18
    She said her leg was fine after receiving treatment for a pulled hamstring (earlier believed to be pulled ligaments) while training in Denver during the month before the 1975 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She won silver at Worlds in Colorado Springs, Colorado, behind Dianne de Leeuw of the Netherlands and ahead of Errath.
    Hammill competed with an injured right leg at the 1975 U.S. Championships.
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  • 1974
    Age 17
    At the 1974 World Championships in Munich, Germany, she was in 3rd place after the compulsory figures and the short program.
    More Details Hide Details She was set to skate directly after the German skater Gerti Schanderl, whose marks were booed while Hamill was already on the ice. Visibly upset, Hamill left the ice and burst into tears. After the crowd settled down, she returned to the ice and won the silver medal behind Christine Errath of East Germany.
    Hamill was U.S. champion from 1974 to 1976.
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  • 1970
    Age 13
    She placed second at the junior level at the 1970 Championships, and made her senior debut in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The U.S. Figure Skating Association arranged for her to be coached by Carlo Fassi when she began to compete internationally.
  • 1969
    Age 12
    Later that spring, Hamill was invited to perform in Madison Square Garden with the exhibition tour (in later years known as Champions on Ice) that followed the 1969 World Figure Skating Championships.
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    Hamill's first national success came in 1969, when she won the novice ladies' title at the U.S. Championships at the age of 12.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 8
    Hamill first started skating in early 1965 at the age of 8, taking once-a-week group lessons.
    More Details Hide Details She became more serious about the sport the next season, taking regular private lessons and passing her preliminary and first figure test before the seasonal rink closed in March. She would wake early in the morning to go to the rink for practice at 4:30 am. Hamill was first coached by Otto Gold and Gustave Lussi. Ice time was limited in her area, so she eventually began training at Sky Rink in New York City, staying overnight in the city with friends when possible. In the summers, Hamill trained in Lake Placid, New York and later in Toronto with her coach at the time, Sonya Dunfield. During her career, her father would spend up to $20,000 a year on her skating expenses, including skating lessons, travel, living expenses, and costumes. Until the spring of 1970, Hamill attended public schools in Riverside, but at that point she switched to a small school with flexible tutoring to accommodate her skating schedule. She attended and graduated from Colorado Academy high school.
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on July 26, 1956.
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