Who is Dorothy Hamill?


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Dorothy Hamill was an Olympic figure skater. She won the gold medal for women's figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games that took place in Munich, Germany. She is also known for having an adorable bob haircut and creating her own moves on the ice.

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Who is Dorothy Hamill?
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Dorothy Hamill is from Chicago, Illinois. In 1974 she won the silver metal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Germany. One year later, she again won the silver medal at the World Championships. In 1976 she became known as "America's sweetheart" when she won the gold for the United States at the Winter Olympics at the age of 19. One of Hamill's key moves, a combination sit spin-camel, became known as the "Hamill camel."

After her competitive career, Hamill joined the Ice Capades and toured with them for nearly 10 years, starring in shows such as "Romeo and Juliet," "The Nutcracker" and "Cinderella." She later bought the Ice Capades. She has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

In 2002 Hamill ran the torch into the stadium at the 1972 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She has been a judge at figure skating competitions, a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" and has written her autobiography.

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