CHI St. Joseph Health
Olympic Gold Medal Recipient and Cancer Survivor/Advocate
The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 1984, Scott captured the attention of the world with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as an analyst/commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author (Landing It, 1999; The Great Eight, 2009). He further inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian, and as a testicular cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor.
After losing his mother to breast cancer, then becoming a survivor himself, Scott turned activist, launching the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship).
Scott never lets setbacks become excuses. He understands he has a limited number of days on this earth, filled with hours that don’t carry over and can’t be borrowed. So he remains unquenchable, welcoming life’s experiences and seeking excellence without holding anything back. He lives every moment of every day to its absolute fullest, knowing his currency is limited. Scott knows this all too well, having journeyed through extreme highs like winning an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and deep lows, having already battled cancer four times in his life. Scott is passionate about sharing his story to encourage others to discover this unquenchable spirit in their own lives and use it to make a difference in the world. The lows in Scott’s life have fueled an even deeper faith in God and stronger drive toward impacting others positively, and through this speech, the ups and downs of his powerful story will motivate others toward the same.