Scott Hamilton

Scott Scovell Hamilton (born August 28, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist known for his originality and engaging on-ice personalities. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981-1984), four consecutive World Championships (1981-1984) and the 1984 Olympic. In 1997 Hamilton had a much-publicized battle with testicular cancer. He made a return to skating after his treatment and his story was featured in magazines and on television. Here are a few things he has said:

The only disability in life is a bad attitude!

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.

Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.

I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.

I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.

The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.


  1. Thanks for this, what a great attitude he has. I like what he said about teachers.

  2. We all, in what we do and say, chisel and impact on people in their lives in a sense we can manifest labels that remain for life- a bad attitude is indeed bad but those who have a good attitude that have been knocked down so often that they are to weak to resist and to rise ... need those of us who have been called by the Spirit of God to do what God requires us to do. To be the hand to help them rise up once more.

  3. Smart guy!
    I always have to remember to readjust my attitude. When my attitude gets bad...everything bad comes to me!
    Thank God for God.

  4. I always loved Scott Hamilton. This is such an inspiring example. How true that most of the truly great things in life come out of adversity and perseverance.

  5. So glad you posted this too, Bob.
    We met Scott when he was appearing in San Francisco many years ago. He came off the ice and sat on the stairs beside my boys. Such a gentleman.
    His spirit is contagious. I do love his sparkly eyes and smile. There is no guile there.

    1. Thanks Sue for the comment and for posting the "I Am Second" video.


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