Having won four U.S. and World Championships in a row, plus an Olympic gold medal, Scott Hamilton is one of America’s greatest ever male figure skaters. Sadly, over the years, he’s made just as many headlines for his various life-threatening illnesses. Here’s a look at how the 59-year-old has coped with his latest diagnosis.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1958, Hamilton was adopted as a young baby by professor parents but experienced a difficult early childhood. He was wrongly given just six months to live aged two after being incorrectly diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. A congenital brain tumor, discovered only years later, proved to be the real explanation for why Hamilton initially stopped growing.
Hamilton topped out at 5ft 4in during his early years as an amateur figure skater. Lack of money almost made it impossible to continue with the sport but philanthropists Frank and Helen McLoraine came to his aid. Hamilton subsequently continued to pursue his career on the ice rink while studying at Bowling Green State University.