Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist, signing copies of “The Great Eight”
Time and location:
- 2/28/09 1:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Mallory Lane. Brentwood, TN.
Scott Scovell Hamilton (born August 28, 1958 in Bowling Green, Ohio) is an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981-1984), four consecutive World Championships (1981-1984) and the 1984 Olympics.
In 1980 Hamilton finished third in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, earning him a place on the U.S. Olympic team. He finished in fifth place at the 1980 Winter Olympics, where he also had the honor of carrying the American flag in the opening ceremony. His breakthrough performance was in the 1981 U.S. Championships. He performed flawlessly and the audience was at a standing ovation several seconds before the end of the performance. He never lost a competition again. In 1981 he won gold in the World Figure Skating Championships. He won gold again in 1982 and 1983 at the U.S. and World Championships, and won the gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics. He won that year’s World Championships and then turned professional in April 1984.
After turning professional, Hamilton toured with Ice Capades for two years, and then created “Scott Hamilton’s American Tour,” which later was renamed Stars on Ice. He co-founded, co-produced and performed in Stars on Ice for fifteen years before retiring from the tour in 2001 (though he still returns for occasional guest performances).
He has been awarded numerous skating honors, including being the first solo male figure skater to be awarded the Jacques Farvat Award (in 1988). In 1990 he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Hamilton was a skating commentator for CBS television for many years, beginning in 1985. He has also worked for NBC television. In 2006 he was the host of the FOX television program “Skating with Celebrities.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International.
Scott Hamilton was featured in The Fairly OddParents Olympic special as a host for the Fairy Olympics and voiced the dog dancing commentator on the King of the Hill episode “Dances with Dogs”.
He appeared on the August 26, 2008 episode of Wanna Bet?, where he finished 2nd, losing to Bill Engvall. In 2009, he will appear in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. Throughout the season, each celebrity will be raising money for a charity of their choice; Hamilton has selected the Cleveland Clinic.
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