So, how many of you watched Dorothy Hamill win a gold medal in figure skating in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976? I was just in my teens at the time, but, I remember it well!! It’s legendary ice skaters like Dorothy for why I fell in love with the sport. She was unforgettable and it’s so good to see her again. I wish you could have seen my reaction when they announced her name on GMA! I was jumping for joy to say the least. Anyway, I’m curious to know how many of you remember Dorothy ice skating in the 70’s? No doubt she will bring that same kind of elegance, grace, and charm to Dancing With The Stars. However, did you know she had a recent scare with Breast Cancer? You can read more below in this take from the LA Times.
I know what breast cancer can do to a person’s life. You were diagnosed in 2007. What effect did it have on your skating?
When one gets that diagnosis, it’s devastating. I had a lumpectomy, and they took some lymph nodes. Then they had to go back in and take some more lymph nodes. I was in the middle of a tour and trying to perform. The radiation treatment just zapped any energy for at least a year and a half. I’m also on a drug called tamoxifen.
For a couple of years I didn’t feel like doing anything, but now that I’m feeling better I’m trying to be more active and eat healthy. I had to get back in shape for Stars on Ice. When I got the invitation, I realized I had a long way to go, and it was only two months out. It wasn’t enough to get back to full strength. It’s coming back now because of the tour. I’m definitely feeling stronger now.
To read more for how Dorothy is still skating and appearing in the latest run of Stars on Ice, visit the LA Times. You can see a beautiful picture of her there too. Speaking of….the picture above is from rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars yesterday courtesy of Dorothy’s twitter. Isn’t her little dog cute?!!!
ADDING: Below is Dorothy on Good Day LA this morning. She talks of how she is dancing and skating at the same time currently and the differences in both and lots more!