Adult Nonfiction GV850.H34 A3 1999
Summary: During an amazing career spanning more than two decades, Scott Hamilton has literally transformed modern figure skating. His flawless performances set a new standard for competition and won him the Olympic gold medal. His popularity as a professional skater helped bring the sport to prime time TV. And his work as one of today's most engaging network commentators has made Olympic skating one of the most watched events in television history. More than that, he has earned the love and admiration of people everywhere. In "Landing It, " Stall vividly recounts his life story -- from a childhood spent in and out of hospitals with a disease that stunted his growth, to his decision to leave home at the age of thirteen to train with other Olympic hopefuls to winning seventeen successive skating competitions culminating in 1984, when he won the Olympic gold -- to 1997 when Scott's whole world was shaken by the devastating news that he had testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen. Here is the powerful, inspiring portrait of an athlete fiercely dedicated to the sport he loves. Here, too, is a rare glimpse inside the world of superstar figure skaters with warm, often humorous personal stories about his dose friends and colleagues, including Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Katia Gordeeva, and Katarina Witt.
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