Meet Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill. You can see photos, video and a biography of Dorothy below.
It has been reported today that Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a good prognosis and will miss part of her “Broadway on Ice” tour while receiving treatment. Good friend and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano will fill in for her while she is out, starting Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. She is hoping to be back on tour when it stops in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida January 16.
As a biography, Dorothy was born on July 26, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois. She spent her childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Dorothy was 8 years old when she started ice skating on her grandparents’ pond in their backyard.
Dorothy was the U.S. Figure Skating Champion from 1974 to 1976. During the 1974 World Championships in Munich, Germany, Dorothy was in 3rd place after the compulsory figures and the short program. She was scheduled to skate after a German skater who had received marks that were booed by the crowd. They were still booing when Dorothy was on the ice ready to skate, and instead fled the ice and burst into tears. The crowd calmed down and she came back and skated a perfect program, and ended up winning the silver medal.
In 1976, Dorothy competed in the Olympic Games and won the gold medal. Her wedge haircut she sported during the Games became the newest fad, with girls rushing to the hairdresser to have the exact same cut.
Dorothy traveled with the Ice Capades from 1977 to 1984.
Dorothy was married to Dean Paul Martin from 1982 to 1984 and then to sports doctor Kenneth Forsythe from 1987 to 1995. During their union, they had a daughter, Alexandra.
Dorothy’s autobiography, A Skating Life: My Story, was published this past October.
Speedy recovery, Dorothy…
More photos and video of Dorothy Hamill are below.