Dorothy Hamill

Carrie Ann Inaba’s Season 16 Dancing With the Stars Blog: Week Two

March 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm , by

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I began this season with cautious excitement. I honestly hadn’t heard of many of the stars and had no idea what they would be like. Last season we had some incredible dancing and we knew everyone because it was the all-star season. But this time around, we’ve gone back to the heart of the show, which in my opinion is transformation. There is transformation on so many levels on our show and I love it. We transform our views and ideas of the stars as we watch them go through an intensely challenging ten-week competition. There’s also the physical transformation for every celebrity that dares to battle for the mirror ball trophy. And of course, there is emotional transformation of their spirit in the process of this soul-baring competition. And I think that’s what gets people hooked on the show.

This year we have some really fun personalities and I’m already excited to see them come back and perform their next dance. I think this season will be remembered as the season with heart. Everyone has room to grow. This is not feigned. It’s real and true, which makes for exciting TV.

Two of the biggest transformations so far are those of DL Hughley and Andy Dick, two comedians who have been through a lot and experienced many challenges in their lives. They were both so genuinely excited and relieved to be safe, you could see how much it meant to them, and that shows me how genuinely hard they’re working.

While I have flashed more “6″ paddles than I usually would at this point, I think our contestants are all very special. They have large personalities and their performances are bright and filled with energy and charisma. They all need to work on their technique, but there’s still an enjoyable quality to their performances. It’s refreshing.

Last night, when Dorothy Hamill suddenly decided to excuse herself from the competition—yes, that was a real moment—I was shocked. But then I was very impressed. In this day and age where we’ve all become so competitive and driven to succeed, she stopped and reminded us that we have to take care of ourselves first. Our health and our well-being should be our first priority. And while I am sad I won’t be seeing her dance again, which was a treat, I wish her well and I hope we women follow her lead by taking good care of ourselves and knowing our own boundaries as she did.

Next week we have a prom theme. I went to about 11 proms when I was in high school and I have fond memories of Journey songs and taffeta. Evening gowns have come a long way since my 80s prom days back in Hawaii! I can’t wait to see what happens next week, and I’m still wondering who would have gone home if Dorothy hadn’t pulled herself out of the competition. Someone got a free pass, but I wish everyone well and we’ll see how they do on Monday night. Until then, let’s all take good care of ourselves.

Ladies We Love: Dorothy Hamill

March 17, 2010 at 11:40 am , by

Dorothy-headshot-09-webGold medalist Dorothy Hamill may not be competing on the Olympic stage anymore, but she’s using her accomplishments (including a best-selling memoir and a spot in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame) to inspire others. I-Skate, Dorothy’s adaptive skating program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, gives children with disabilities like spina bifida and cerebral palsy the opportunity to learn how to ice skate. And adults who want to try the sport can sign up for her second-annual Figure Skating Fantasy Camp this summer. Dorothy also recently partnered with Vaseline’s Clinical Therapy Line—go to to check out her daily tips for healthy living.

What makes me a lady:
The fact that I can’t help but love all things girly. If it looks beautiful, smells nice or sounds pretty, I will like it!

Favorite guilty pleasure: Keeping my body healthy and fit!  As I’ve aged, my body has changed and I’ve had to adjust my skincare, nutrition and fitness routines accordingly.

Three things on my life list: 1. To make a difference—I’ve been impacted by so many people in my life and I feel deeply compelled to pay it forward. 2. I’m always trying to encourage adults to be brave and take the plunge; I believe that you are never too old to skate. The idea of a destination adult skating camp has been on my life list for a long time, and it has been so much fun to now put a check beside it. 3. To travel and discover new music and cultures. I’m especially looking forward to an upcoming world cruise with stops in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: The power to remove all of the evil that seems to be present in the world today and replace it with kindness and love. To be able to change things for the better and take away the pain of others.

Ladies I admire: These days, it’s the little ladies in my I-Skate adaptive skating program. There’s Ruby, Samantha, Zoe, and Kristen—just to name a few. When you use a walker or braces to maneuver on dry ground, imagine the fear of stepping out onto the slippery ice for the first time! But these ladies are fearless and they have come so far since we began. It is truly my joy to spend time with them out on the ice, and the challenges they’ve faced and overcome at such young ages are inspiring. It’s so important that we teach children with special needs that they can before someone tells them that they cannot. Because they, in turn, have so much to teach us! I admire their courage and I hope they continue to skate for a lifetime.