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Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill

The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Dorothy Hamill

Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations.

Such was the case when 19-year-old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her gold medal at the 1976 winter games in Innsbruck, Austria. Her interpretation of music, fluid skating, and infectious charm led all nine judges to unanimously vote her the winner.

Dorothy is most proud of her World Championship title in Gothenburg, Sweden, following her win at the 1976 Olympic Games. Everyone had advised her to retire from amateur competition, saying that even a second place would tarnish the luster of her Olympic gold.Characteristically, once she set her mind to it, she would not be dissuaded, and won.

As a professional, Dorothy has skated with many productions, including eight years with the company she helped bring to preeminence among touring ice shows, the Ice Capades. She had an unprecedented four ABC television prime-time specials produced in her honor. Along with winning five consecutive World Professional titles, Dorothy has produced and starred in her own touring productions of Cinderella – Frozen In Time, Hansel, Gretel, the Witch and the Cat, and Nutcracker On Ice, and won an Emmy for her starring role in Romeo and Juliet. Dorothy was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame and the Figure Skating Hall of Fame and was very proud to run the torch into the Olympic stadium in Salt Lake City with her friend Dick Button, as well as skate the closing ceremonies with vocalist Harry Connick Jr. In addition to her skating roles, Dorothy was the first recipient of the Stars of Madison Avenue Award for her continued roles in successful advertising campaigns.

Dorothy’s charity work includes the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics, Big Brothers & Sisters of America, the Buoniconti Fund, Olympic Aid, the Vaccine Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Ronald McDonald House, and teaching blind children to skate through the March of Dimes. Dorothy does a lot of motivational speaking engagements to Women’s Organizations and Corporations and she was a featured speaker at the 2004 Republic National Convention in New York.

Recently, with the loss of so many dear friends to the scourge of AIDS, Dorothy has donated her time to helping raise money for a variety of AIDS foundations. When asked about special memories, she often cites the simple joy expressed by a blind child as she flew around a rink on Dorothy’s back: “Oh! I can feel the wind on my face!”

Dorothy was a judge on Skating with Celebrities on FOX-TV, which aired during primetime beginning winter 2006. She continues to tour with Champions on Ice and Broadway on Ice throughout the country. In late 2007, Dorothy released her memoir entitled A Skating Life: My Story from Hyperion Publishing, which made the New York Times best-seller list. In her deeply moving and honest memoir, Dorothy opens up about love, family, courage, and what it means to truly win both on and off the ice.

For information about the Honorary Committee, please contact:

Patricia Howard

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