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Biography:

Sports motivational speaker for hire Dorothy Hamill is a Hall of Fame U.S. Olympic figure skater, NY Times bestselling author, mother and breast cancer survivor. At just 19 years old, Dorothy won the Olympic Gold Medal in the ladies singles event at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria and followed it up with an impressive Gold Medal at the World Championships several months later, all as an amateur. Dorothy transcended figure skating with her vivacious spirit, signature bobbed hairstyle and glasses with oversized frames which both became popular trends in the 1970’s. She was a true media darling throughout her figure skating career and was dubbed America’s Sweetheart during her memorable Olympic run.

Dorothy fell in love with figure skating at an early age and won her first U.S. Championship at just 12-years-old. From 1974-1976, Dorothy was the reigning U.S. champion and is recognized as the last single skater to win an Olympic Gold Medal without a triple jump. However, she did develop her own signature skating move, the Hamill camel, which is a camel spin that turns into a sit spin. Her drive to succeed was on full display at the 1976 World Championships following the Winter Olympic Games when many advised against her competing. They thought even a second place would tarnish her Olympic Gold, yet Dorothy was determined to prove everyone wrong and went out and won the Gold Medal.

After turning pro, Dorothy skated with a number of professional productions including the touring Ice Capades from 1977-1984. In 1993, Dorothy tied with fellow Olympian Mary Lou Retton as the most popular athlete in America according to a study completed by the Associated Press beating out the likes of Michael Jordan, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky. Over the years, there have been 4 ABC primetime specials produced about Dorothy and she has starred in her own on-ice productions of “Cinderella – Frozen In Time”, “Hansel, Gretel, the Witch and the Cat”, and “Nutcracker On Ice”. She also won a Daytime Emmy Award for her starring role in “Romeo and Juliet on Ice”.

In 2007, sports keynote speaker Dorothy published her NY Times bestselling memoir titled A Skating Life: My Story. In it she opened up about family, love, courage and what it takes to win in life on and off the ice. A year later she announced she was going through treatment for breast cancer but is now cancer free. In 2010, Dorothy launched her own jewelry collection with Helzberg Jewelry partnering with different charities each year to help raise financial support and awareness. Dorothy is also an iconic celebrity spokesperson and was the first recipient of the Stars of Madison Avenue Award.

Dorothy is one of the most sought after sports motivational speakers for health & wellness events, corporate conferences, sports ceremonies, fundraisers and other special events.

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