Scott Hamilton is a renowned American figure skater, an Olympic gold medallist, and a cancer survivor. He pursued figure skating as a child and went on winning 4 back to back U.S. championships from 1981 to 1984, and also a gold medal in the Olympics of 1984. Scott Hamilton’s hallmark move is a backflip that only a few other skaters could perform. When Hamilton was just 2 years old, he was plagued by a mysterious disease that stunted his growth. The illness is diagnosed as Shwachman syndrome, a rare disorder.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"
Though Hamilton confronted severe health challenges, he began skating when he was just 9, entering local and regional competitions by the time he was 11. In mid-1970, Hamilton went to Illinois for further training which he could not continue due to financial problems until 1977 when he received a sponsorship. In 1980, aged 22, Hamilton secure a place in U.S. Olympic team as he was placed third in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed fifth that year in Winter Olympics. After turning professional, Hamilton cofounded the touring production “Stars on Ice” in 1986.
Cancer Survivor Hamilton started the Scott Hamilton C.A.R.E.S. in 1999 to fund cancer research sharing online information on chemotherapy and providing mentorship for patients. Hamilton is also an author of two books and has written various quotes related to his profession. His quotes are an example of positive attitude towards like and give all of us an inspiration of fighting against the odds of the life.