About Scott Hamilton
Clearly one of the most sought after keynote speakers and most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Network TV skating commentator, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist and a cancer and brain tumor survivor.
As a keynote speaker, he exudes enthusiasm and inspiration. As a figure skater, he is forever bridging the gap between sport and entertainment. As a role model, he contradicts the saying that "good guys finish last." As a humanitarian, he avails himself to any plight that will improve mankind. But, more important, as a cancer survivor he is a constant reminder that with fortitude and determination, anything is possible. Scott's much publicized bout with testicular cancer in 1997, and his November, 2004 diagnosis and July 2010 recurrance of a benign, non-cancerous brain tumor, from which he has successfully recovered, has touched him with a special insight into life and the human condition.
As an author, Scott's latest best-selling book, The Great Eight: How To Be Happy Even When You Have Every Reason To Feel Miserable was published by Thomas Nelson Publishing in 2009. Scott also received notable critical praise for his New York Times best-selling autobiography Landing It (Kensington Books, October 1999), and intimate, candid and insightful look at his professional and personal life on and off the ice.
To add to a remarkable list of achievements, which now includes over 70 titles, awards and honors, in 1990, Scott was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. In that same year, he also became a privileged member of the World Figure Skaing Hall of Fame.
Scott participates in a wide variety of charitable events, beginning with his own foundation, the Scott Hamilton C.A.R.E.S Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Center in Cleveland, Ohio, which includes offshoots, The Fourth Angel Network and his website chemocare.com (both in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and CARES). He is a tireless supporter of Target House at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and Mobile Medical Disaster Relief and Best Buddies, both of Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Monroe Carrell's Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and an advisory committee for Special Olympics International.