Gold Medalist's Cancer BattlePosted January 5, 2008, 9:55 am in Winter Sports
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Former Olympic gold medalist figure skater Dorothy Hamill says she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, but has a favorable prognosis. 51-year-old Hamill is at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. In a statement released on Friday, Hamill says she will have to miss part of the "Broadway on Ice" tour, but hopes to be back on the ice by the middle of January.
Hamill tells The Baltimore Sun that she's okay, but woozy, and calls the diagnosis "a hit in the head." A close friend says Hamill decided to talk about her treatment because she wanted to be honest about why she's missing part of the tour.
Hamill won hearts across America when she won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics at the age of 19. Women ran to their hairdressers to try and get her trademark haircut. Fans of the sport loved her smile and bubbly personality. After winning the world title in 1976, Hamill retired and joined the Ice Capades.
Recently, Hamill released an autobiograhy, called "A Skating Life: My Story," in which she talks about her two divorces, bankruptcy, mental health battles and physical ailments.
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