Hamill, Dorothy

Hamill, Dorothy

▪ American figure skater
in full  Dorothy Stuart Hamill 
born July 26, 1956, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
 American figure skater (figure skating) who won the gold medal for women's figure skating in the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

      Hamill first skated at age eight on a backyard pond. By 14 she was being privately tutored so that she could skate up to seven hours per day. In the 1970s she lived and trained in Denver, Colorado, under the supervision of legendary skating coach Carlo Fassi (Fassi, Carlo). This intense training paid off; Hamill was a three-time U.S. national champion (1974–76) and the 1976 world champion. She was the last female skater to win an Olympic gold medal (1976) with no triple jumps.

      In addition to her graceful skating, Hamill is known for her haircut, which was widely imitated, and for a skating spin. A few years before the Olympics, she had her hair cut into a wedge style that kept her hair short and out of her eyes. Hamill invented the Hamill camel, a camel spin that is followed by a sit spin.

      Hamill turned professional in 1977 and began skating with the Ice Capades, which she later owned and managed (1993–95). She appeared in numerous television specials and also performed with other skating companies. She won the World Professional Championships from 1983 to 1987. She coauthored (with Elva Clairmont) Dorothy Hamill on and off the Ice (1983).

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