Dorothy Hamill: The former queen of ice

Dorothy Hamill: The former queen of ice

Dorothy Stuart Hamill is a famous former figure skater from the United States. She was born in 1956.  She has been a world champion in figure skating and has won an Olympics Gold medal as well.  She spent most of her childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She started her first skating class in 1965 when she was just eight years old. Initially she enrolled for lessons that were imparted only once in a week. However, she took skating more seriously in the following season when she took private lessons.
Hamill had been coached under various instructors like, Otto Gold, Sonya Dunfield, Gustave Lussi, Peter Burrows and Carlo Fassi. She had her first professional success in 1969. She had then won the title of novice women in the United States Championships at the tender age of 12 years. Her appearance for senior debut was back in 1971. She had been the US champion during 1974 - 1976. She had to settle for silvers during the consecutive years in 1974 and 1975. However, she managed to win the 1976 Olympics gold along with the World Championships with the aid of her impeccable performance.
Hamill has the record of winning the Olympics Gold without triple jump and she was the last one to do so. She is also acknowledged to invent a figure skating move known by the name of ‘Hamill Camel’. Post the 1976 world championships she became a professional. She is a survival of breast cancer. She has been supporting the noble cause ever since her recovery.

 



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