Olympic figuring skating champion Dorothy Hamill was known for popularizing the short wedge haircut. The haircut is marked by short bangs that sweep back to shallow-angled layers. After her victory in 1976, her hairstyle was adopted by many American girls and young women.
Before her Olympic success, Hamill kept her hair short and manageable but was unhappy with its overall style. Just before the games, she contacted famed Japanese hairstylist Yusuke Suga, who is credited with creating her iconic look. The public response to her hairstyle was sufficient to warrant Hamill discussing its origins and merits in her 1976 autobiography "A Skating Life."