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Dorothy Hamill

Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Figure Skater & Founder of I-Skate

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 Dorothy Hamill Biography

Dorothy Hamill was born in Chicago, Illinois, but her parents soon moved to Riverside, Connecticut, where she began skating at the age of eight on a pond behind her grandparents’ home. Frustrated when she was unable to keep up with her older sister on the ice, Hamill asked her parents for skating lessons and soon discovered her life’s passion. She spent every possible moment on the ice and by age 11 was entering and winning figure skating competitions in New York City. Her parents supported her ambitions, waking at four in the morning to take her to the rink for early-morning practice sessions.

At 13, Hamill was spending her weeks in New York City, working with coach Gus Lussi at Lake Placid, and traveling to competitions around the country. In 1969 she won the National Novice title and took home a silver medal from the Junior Nationals the following year. She began to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs with Carlo Fassi, the coach who had guided Olympic champion Peggy Fleming.

Only one year later, she was competing as an adult and reached the top five in the National Championships. By 1973 she had reached second place in the U.S. National competition and number four in the World Championships. She won her first U.S. Championship in 1974, and successfully defended the title for the two following seasons.

At age 19, she won a triple crown, snagging both the U.S. and World Championships and winning the gold medal in the 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria. Her performance at the Olympics captivated an international audience, and hair stylists all over the United States were mobbed with customers seeking to emulate her distinctive hairstyle. She found herself continually in demand for commercial endorsements, to a degree unmatched by any figure skater before or since.

After her triumph in the Olympics and at the World Championships, she relinquished her amateur status, and went professional, undertaking a grueling touring schedule with the Ice Capades. She remained with the Ice Capades for eight years, and also appeared in a series of popular television specials with film and music stars Gene Kelly, Perry Como and Andy Williams and a televised production of Romeo and Juliet on Ice. She also toured in Nutcracker on Ice and with the show Stars on Ice. She continued to participate in professional competition, winning the World Professional Championship for five years running, from 1983 to 1987.

Dorothy Hamill was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991. That same year, she bought out the financially troubled Ice Capades and produced and starred in a highly acclaimed tour, Frozen in Time: Cinderella on Ice. During the three years she ran the celebrated ice show, she made substantial improvements in the working conditions of professional skaters, instituting regular practice and training sessions and eliminating demeaning weekly weigh-ins.

Hamill’s charity work has included the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society, and AIDS research foundations, and teaching blind children to skate through the March of Dimes.

For some years she was plagued with osteoarthritis, but correct diagnosis and treatment have returned her to live performance. Today, Dorothy Hamill lives in Vail, Colorado and Indian Wells, California, with her husband, business executive John MacColl. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and has made it her mission to empower other women by helping to launch a national campaign called BeWisER+ About Breast Cancer.

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A Skating Life: My Story

A Skating Life: My Story

Dorothy Hamill on and Off the Ice

Dorothy Hamill on and Off the Ice

Speaking Topics
  • A Skating Life

    With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Hamill leaped into America's heart as a 19-year old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1976. In this keynote presentation, based on her book A Skating Life, she reveals her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. She shares how she now successfully manages her depression with a compendium of exercise, medication, therapy, and the support of her family and friends.

  • An Evening with Dorothy Hamill

  • A Champion Wins Over Depression

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Dorothy Hamill

Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Figure Skater & Founder of I-Skate

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Dorothy Hamill Biography

Dorothy Hamill was born in Chicago, Illinois, but her parents soon moved to Riverside, Connecticut, where she began skating at the age of eight on a pond behind her grandparents’ home. Frustrated when she was unable to keep up with her older sister on the ice, Hamill asked her parents for skating lessons and soon discovered her life’s passion. She spent every possible moment on the ice and by age 11 was entering and winning figure skating competitions in New York City. Her parents supported her ambitions, waking at four in the morning to take her to the rink for early-morning practice sessions.

At 13, Hamill was spending her weeks in New York City, working with coach Gus Lussi at Lake Placid, and traveling to competitions around the country. In 1969 she won the National Novice title and took home a silver medal from the Junior Nationals the following year. She began to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs with Carlo Fassi, the coach who had guided Olympic champion Peggy Fleming.

Only one year later, she was competing as an adult and reached the top five in the National Championships. By 1973 she had reached second place in the U.S. National competition and number four in the World Championships. She won her first U.S. Championship in 1974, and successfully defended the title for the two following seasons.

At age 19, she won a triple crown, snagging both the U.S. and World Championships and winning the gold medal in the 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria. Her performance at the Olympics captivated an international audience, and hair stylists all over the United States were mobbed with customers seeking to emulate her distinctive hairstyle. She found herself continually in demand for commercial endorsements, to a degree unmatched by any figure skater before or since.

After her triumph in the Olympics and at the World Championships, she relinquished her amateur status, and went professional, undertaking a grueling touring schedule with the Ice Capades. She remained with the Ice Capades for eight years, and also appeared in a series of popular television specials with film and music stars Gene Kelly, Perry Como and Andy Williams and a televised production of Romeo and Juliet on Ice. She also toured in Nutcracker on Ice and with the show Stars on Ice. She continued to participate in professional competition, winning the World Professional Championship for five years running, from 1983 to 1987.

Dorothy Hamill was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991. That same year, she bought out the financially troubled Ice Capades and produced and starred in a highly acclaimed tour, Frozen in Time: Cinderella on Ice. During the three years she ran the celebrated ice show, she made substantial improvements in the working conditions of professional skaters, instituting regular practice and training sessions and eliminating demeaning weekly weigh-ins.

Hamill’s charity work has included the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society, and AIDS research foundations, and teaching blind children to skate through the March of Dimes.

For some years she was plagued with osteoarthritis, but correct diagnosis and treatment have returned her to live performance. Today, Dorothy Hamill lives in Vail, Colorado and Indian Wells, California, with her husband, business executive John MacColl. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and has made it her mission to empower other women by helping to launch a national campaign called BeWisER+ About Breast Cancer.

Dorothy Hamill Videos

  • Olympics Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill At The NYSE | CNBC
    Olympics gold medalist Dorothy Hamill talks about her time at the Olympics and Team USA in the Pyeongchang games.
  • Dorothy Hamill Opens Up About Olympics, Relationships, Cancer | TODAY
    The figure skating champion of the 1976 Olympics, Dorothy Hamill, looks back at her career, saying she knew she’s always regret it if she didn’t...

Dorothy Hamill Books

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Dorothy Hamill Speaking Topics

  • A Skating Life

    With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Hamill leaped into America's heart as a 19-year old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1976. In this keynote presentation, based on her book A Skating Life, she reveals her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. She shares how she now successfully manages her depression with a compendium of exercise, medication, therapy, and the support of her family and friends.

  • An Evening with Dorothy Hamill

  • A Champion Wins Over Depression

FAQs on booking Dorothy Hamill

  • How to book Dorothy Hamill?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dorothy Hamill for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dorothy Hamill, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dorothy Hamill or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dorothy Hamill?

    Booking fees for Dorothy Hamill, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dorothy Hamill, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dorothy Hamill?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dorothy Hamill for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dorothy Hamill for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dorothy Hamill or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dorothy Hamill or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dorothy Hamill is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as A Skating Life, An Evening with Dorothy Hamill and A Champion Wins Over Depression. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dorothy Hamill for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Dorothy Hamill generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lisa Leslie, Dominique Dawes and Amanda Beard. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dorothy Hamill for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dorothy Hamill Speaker Videos

  • Olympics Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill At The NYSE | CNBC
    Olympics gold medalist Dorothy Hamill talks about her time at the Olympics and Team USA in the Pyeongchang games.
    Dorothy Hamill Opens Up About Olympics, Relationships, Cancer | TODAY
    The figure skating champion of the 1976 Olympics, Dorothy Hamill, looks back at her career, saying she knew she’s always regret it if she didn’t try to compete in the Innsbruck, Austria, Games at...

Dorothy Hamill Speaking Topics

  • A Skating Life

    With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Hamill leaped into America's heart as a 19-year old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1976. In this keynote presentation, based on her book A Skating Life, she reveals her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. She shares how she now successfully manages her depression with a compendium of exercise, medication, therapy, and the support of her family and friends.

  • An Evening with Dorothy Hamill

  • A Champion Wins Over Depression

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