Legendary figure skater and announcer Scott Hamilton has been a staple of the sport since the 1980’s. He has been inducted into the US Olympics and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame. He also created the entertaining Stars on Ice program where he would often perform his signature backflip to the delight of audiences.
The backstory to Hamilton’s success, however, makes what he achieved all the more incredible. In an I Am Second video, Hamilton shares the numerous and serious health issues he struggled with throughout his life and skating career.
As a child, he suffered from an undiagnosed disease which stunted his growth. He shares that he went to the local skating club merely by accident, and that was the beginning of his journey on ice.
Hamilton went on to win four consecutive figure skating titles and took home the gold medal in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
But that wasn’t the end of his health struggles. In 1997, he was forced to leave his skating career to be treated for testicular cancer. Due to the cancer treatment, Hamilton didn’t believe he could ever have children, although he and his wife, Tracie, badly wanted them.
Through these struggles, Hamilton says he learned to put his faith in God.
“I understand that through a strong relationship with Jesus you can endure anything. … God is there to guide…
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