Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Scott Hamilton is stronger than ever after battling cancer! The 58-year-old athlete has had his fair share of obstacles on and off the ice. Scott battled testicular cancer in 1997 and brain tumors in 2004 and 2010 — and last fall he received his third brain tumor diagnosis. He recently opened up to Closer Weekly about his health, his life, and how he continues to stay optimistic through the diagnoses.
If you visit Scott's website, the quote on the homepage reads: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." And judging by his outlook on life it's safe to say he lives by the mantra. "It’s all perspective. I was born with a brain tumor, so I trace it back to being in and out of the hospital from ages four to eight," he exclusively told Closer Weekly. "They couldn’t come up with a diagnosis because, in the '60s, they didn’t have the technology to find it, so my parents took me to the rink."
Scott skating. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Scott has maintained the same winner's spirit he had during the 1984 Winter Olympics. He co-founded the hit touring show Stars on Ice, expanded his family in 2014 by adopting two kids from Haiti with his wife Tracie, 47, launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, and has even partnered with the Hotel Keys of Hope Cancer Survivors Reunion.
“I am doing great,” he continued. Thankfully, his tumor was benign and “seems to be behaving itself. It’s the devil I know instead of the devil I don’t, so that comes with a great deal of comfort and confidence.” We're so happy he's doing well!
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