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Landing it : my life on and off the ice
Hamilton, Scott, 1958-
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New York : Kensington Books, [1999]

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x, 340 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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The Olympic champion skater recalls his life, from a childhood spent fighting a disease that stunted his growth to eventual triumph in the 1984 Olympics and the later revelation that he had contracted testicular cancer. 100,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Olympic Gold medalist, four-time World Champion, four-time United States Champion, producer, performer, broadcaster, and spokesperson for cancer research, Scott Hamilton is more than a survivor. He's a hero in the best sense of the word--the kind that has won the love and support of millions around the globe.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers seeking a peek at the world of competitive figure skating will be more than satisfied with Hamilton's book. Like Peggy Fleming (see above), Hamilton is a cancer survivor. He opens his story with the diagnosis of his testicular cancer, but the illness is just one aspect of Hamilton's difficult but ultimately satisfying life. An adopted child, Hamilton was quite ill as a child and spent much of his early years in and out of hospitals, on intravenous feedings, weak and falling behind in school. Gradually, as Hamilton gained strength, his mother suggested he try to ice skate. Whether Hamilton's various illnesses had run their course or the skating cured him, Hamilton was healthy enough to pursue skating. His route to the Olympics is familiar to skating fansÄliving away from home with other families, constant practice sessions and the nervous tension and rivalries. Hamilton is far more willing than Fleming to write about his relationships with other skaters and his feelings about the skating world. He addresses the confusion over his sexuality: "Frankly I was sick of people constantly assuming I was gay because I was a figure skater." Hamilton also writes about how critical reviewers were of his early appearances as a skating commentator and how he finally had to do the best he could rather than try to measure up to one of his idols, Dick Button. A little more brassy than Fleming, Hamilton strikes a nice balance between the personal and the professional. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hamilton's inspirational life story recounts events from the time of his debilitating childhood illness, through the many years of training, the death of his mother, competition failures and successes (most notably his Olympic gold medal), and his recent successful battle with cancer. Here is a champion who recounts his mistakes along with his victories, pointing out the lessons he learned along the way. Hamilton is able to portray the sense of community that skaters share, substituting for family life as they train and perform away from home. This book shows Scott Hamilton as human, even humble, and full of good cheerÄjust as he seems on the ice. Enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries.ÄBonnie Collier, Yale Law Lib., New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Competition of My Lifep. 1
Chapter 1 The Pain that Won't Go Awayp. 5
Chapter 2 It All Started When I Was Bornp. 15
Chapter 3 Being Sick, Being Wellp. 33
Chapter 4 On My Ownp. 51
Chapter 5 Breaking Throughp. 70
Chapter 6 Roller Coaster Yearsp. 87
Chapter 7 Carrying the Colorsp. 95
Chapter 8 Best Manp. 114
Chapter 9 The Dark Side of the Moonp. 131
Chapter 10 The Makeoverp. 146
Chapter 11 The Last Amateurp. 159
Chapter 12 Show Bizp. 179
Chapter 13 Skating for the Moneyp. 197
Chapter 14 A Billion Nickels and Dimesp. 205
Chapter 15 The Two Brians and Debip. 213
Chapter 16 Behind the Mikep. 222
Chapter 17 Split Personalityp. 240
Chapter 18 Saying Good-bye Againp. 250
Chapter 19 Revivalp. 267
Chapter 20 Sergeip. 275
Chapter 21 It's Not Going to Beat Mep. 286
Chapter 22 Departing Neverlandp. 306
Epiloguep. 316
Afterwordp. 323
Indexp. 325