NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - World famous figure skater Scott Hamilton is an Olympic gold medalist and a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He not only won many titles skating, he also won the battle against cancer and continues his skating career. Hamilton joined News 2 to talk about his memories, accomplishments on and off the ice, advice to young skaters, and other fun facts.
What's your favorite performance?
Probably the Gold Championship in 1996, and 1994. It was 10 years after I won my gold medal. I was in a pro competition. I was the alternate and I won. I wasn’t supposed to, but it was the best night of skating I think I've ever put together. I waited for the sun to come up the next day because I didn't want the day to end.
Where do you keep your gold medals?
Well, I gave every single thing I ever won to the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame Museum in Colorado Springs. I don't want that stuff around.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
Longevity in skating and my greatest accomplishment in my life is my children.
What would you like to accomplish that you haven't yet?
What's the one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
That I'm not very tall!
If you could have dinner with anyone past or present who would it be an why?
I'm a huge music fan. My goodness, it would probably be somebody in the music world. Probably Bruce Springsteen.
What's the first record you bought?
Jethro Tull, "Living in the Past"
When was the last time you attempted your backflip, and could you do one now if you had to?
Last backflip I did was 8 years ago, and if I could do one now? You know, I'm not sure. I trained for a year to do that one, so if you give me a year I could probably do it again. But I'm spending more time with my kids...than worrying about me doing a backflip. Seems like that ship has sailed.
What's your best piece of advice for young skaters?
Don't be afraid to take risks, and getting up is a part of it. Getting up is the most important part of it. Once you learn how to get up on skates, you're going to learn, you're going to fall, you're going to learn, and you'll be able to get up in every way throughout your life. And you're going to get knocked down. It's building that muscle of getting up. That's the most important thing about being a skater- it's just learning to get up and being excited about what's next.
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