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Dorothy Hamill Biography

Birth Name:
Dorothy Stuart Hamill
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • Began skating at age 8
  • Won the gold medal in Women's Singles at the 1976 Winter Olympic games in Innsbruck
  • Has a skating move named after her, the Hamill camel
  • Turned pro after the Olympics and skated with the Ice Capades as a headliner from 1977 to 1984; she was also briefly the owner of the Ice Capades in the '90s
  • Released A Skating Life: My Story in 2007
  • Underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2008
  • Competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2013, partnered with pro dancer Tristan MacManus; she withdrew from the competition in the second week due to injury


  • Sandy Hamill -- Brother
  • Alexandra Forsythe -- Daughter
  • Kenneth Forsythe -- Ex-husband
  • Chalmers Hamill -- Father
  • Carol Hamill -- Mother
  • Marcia -- Sister