Dorothy Hamill Biography

( 1956 - )

Facts of Dorothy Hamill

Date of Birth: 1956, July 26
Age: 62 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 3 Inch

Dorothy Hamill is a retired American figure skater. In 1976, she became the Olympic as well as the World champion in ladies' singles figure skating. She was the mentor of the 2010 U.S. national champion Rachael Flatt.


Dorothy Hamill's Early Life

Dorothy Stuart Hamill was born on July 26, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois to parents Chalmers and Carol Hamill. She has two older siblings, a brother, Sandy and a sister, Marcia. Hamill started skating at the early age of 8.

Her family had moved to Riverside neighborhood of Greenwich Connecticut where she attended the public schools of Riverdale. She later switched schools and attended the Colorado Academy high school where she eventually graduated from as well.

Dorothy Hamill's Professional Life

Dorothy Hamill began to take skating seriously at the age of 9 and had started to get coaching in the sports. At the age of 12, her first national success came with her winning the novice ladies' title at the U.S. championships. The following year, she placed second at the junior level at the 1970 championships. Hamill's made her senior debut in 1971.

Hamill became the 1974 U.S. champion and continue to hold the title till 1976. Hamill made a second place finish in the 1974 World Championships coming behind Christine Errath of East Germany. She won silver at the Worlds in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1975 behind Dianne de Leeuw of the Netherlands.

Dorothy Hamill was the representative of U.S. in the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Australia. She came in second in the figures but won the sort and long programs, taking home the gold medal for the U.S. Later that year, she also won the World Championship and decided to turn professional as well.

Hamill became a member of the Ice Capades from 1977-1984. She was asked by Donna Atwood for the opportunity, which she gladly accepted. Though due to competition and changing tastes, Ice Capades folded.

In 1993, a national sports study results were released by the Associated Press which showed that Dorothy Hamill was tied for the first place with Mary Lour Retton as the most popular athlete in America ranking. The two were far ahead in the list which included major sports stars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Wayne Gretzky, and 800 other athletes.

After leaving skating, Hamill has shown her skills in skating in various shows. She was one of the 16 celebrities to take part in a cooking competition on the Food Network TV series Chopped.

Dorothy Hamill's Personal Life

Hamill has been married and divorced twice in the past. Her first husband was Dean Paul Martin who she married in 1982 and separated two years later in 1984. Her second husband was Kenneth Forsythe who she was married from 1987 to 1995. She had a daughter named Alexandra of her second marriage. She married for the third time in 2009 to John MacColl. She and her spouse are still together to this day.

Dorothy Hamill's Net Worth

Dorothy Hamill's net worth is estimated to be $5 million. Though the exact details of her salary during her time as a national representative have not been disclosed. She had filed for bankruptcy in 1996 but she has been able to bounce back from her financial crisis.

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