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Scott Hamilton announces his return to the ice

Olympic gold medalist shares the secrets to his lifelong journey

After more than four years, Scott Hamilton is returning to the rink on skates.
After more than four years, Scott Hamilton is returning to the rink on skates. (Micah Kandros)


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(03/17/2009) - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Scott Hamilton, one of the most recognized male figure skating stars in the world, announced on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday his return to the rink, after having not performed on ice skates since being diagnosed with a benign pituitary brain tumor in 2004. At age 50, the survivor of testicular cancer and the brain tumor, is proving that a positive attitude towards life and the desire to overcome adversities are at the core of this lifelong champion.

It has been 25 years since Hamilton captured the attention of the world with his Olympic gold-medal performance in Sarajevo. Since then, Hamilton has shared his love and enthusiasm for ice skating as a commentator, performer and best-selling author. He further inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and father to sons Aidan, 5, and Maxx, 1. Most recently, Hamilton released his inspirational book The Great Eight and was part of The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Since being "fired" by Trump, Hamilton has been making the talk show rounds, including Today, Mike & Juliet and ending with his Oprah appearance on Tuesday. Next week, he will be in Los Angeles, commentating on the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships on Oxygen and NBC.

During his career, Hamilton's ice skating achievements were astounding. He was a two-time Olympian (he finished fifth in 1980 before winning gold in 1984) and a four-time world champion (1981-1984); he won the Skate America gold medal in 1981; he was named the 1981 Male Athlete of the Year; he won the Olympic Spirit Award in 1984 and the Jacques Favart Award, the International Skating Union's highest honor, in 1988; and he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1997, Hamilton became the first figure skater ever to be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.

Away from the ice, Hamilton is the official spokesperson for Target House at St. Jude Children's Hospital, 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, and its Web site (in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and CARES). Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.

Details of his return to the ice will be announced at a later time.