Hamilton first came to national attention when he finished third in the 1980 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That same year he placed fifth in the Winter Olympics. In 1981 he received a standing ovation for the first of his four consecutive winning performances in the U.S. Championships.
Hamilton cemented his status as an American sporting hero in 1984 when he took gold at the Winter Olympics. The skater later revealed he couldn’t contain his pride on the medal podium. “During the national anthem, I became swept up in the emotion of the moment. It was an accomplishment I wanted to share with everyone in the United States.”
After his victory, Hamilton turned professional, going on to perform with the Ice Capades and form his own eponymous American Tour. Hamilton appeared on the tour, later dubbed Stars on Ice, for 15 years before retiring in 2001. The theatrical production, which boasts various elite skaters performing both solo and in a group, is still going strong today.