Despite mastering the art of figure skating to become the world’s best in the 1984 Olympics, Scott Hamilton’s life has been full of drastic ups and downs. As a child, he suffered from a disease that stopped him from growing, and kept him in and out of hospitals for years. He ended up finding the skating club somewhat by accident and quickly discovered he had a talent.
Throughout competing, Scott struggled for role models. His mom became the one he looked up to, but she lost her life to a battle with cancer when he was young. Only a while later did he receive his own diagnosis of testicular cancer. Once he found himself in remission, he was able to sort out some things in his life thanks to meeting his wife and Jesus. But life became far from easy. With just two years of marriage and a 14-month-old son, doctors discovered Scott had a brain tumor. After a biopsy was conducted, it was discovered the brain tumor was one Scott was born with and was the cause of his inhibited growth as a young child.
Today, Scott chooses to look at that brain tumor as the greatest gift he could’ve gotten because it made everything else possible. Scott is a passionate speaker who can share his experiences with fame as an athlete, medical issues and being challenged in faith.
The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and becoming a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the attention of the world over 25 years ago with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Saravejo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a commentator, performer and best-selling author.
In 1997, Scott became the first figure skater to ever be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame. He is now in the permanent company of such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, the Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra.
From 1986 to 2001, audiences saw Scott perform in his own Scott Hamilton’s America Tour as well as Stars On Ice, which he also co-created and, for which, he served as co-producer until his retirement from the tour in April 2001. He continues to be the creative producing force behind each annual production.
As an author, Scott received notable critical praise for his New York Times best-selling autobiography Landing It, an intimate, candid and insightful look at his professional and personal life on and off the ice. In 2009, Hamilton released his inspirational book The Great Eight. He returned to the ice at age 51 before conquering a recurrence of the brain tumor in 2010.
Scott is heavily involved in philanthropic work and acts as an official spokesperson for Target House at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., as well as his own Scott Hamilton C.A.R.E.S. Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also founder of the website Chemocare.com and serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Scott enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Tracie and two sons – Aidan (8) and Maxx (4) – at their home outside Nashville, Tenn.