March 17, 2010 at 11:40 am , by Sonia Harmon
Gold 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 EverydayHealth.com 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.
November 24, 2009 at 11:18 am , by Julie Bain
I have too many friends and loved ones who are fighting cancer. I’ll bet you know some, too. That stinks, and we’ve got to stop it. That’s why Ladies’ Home Journal got involved with Kaleidoscope, a “celebration of ice skating, song and survivorship” that airs on Thanksgiving Day.
Taped in Washington, D.C. on November 16, the show is a feel-good extravaganza. It features charming skating numbers by Olympic hopefuls as well as veterans such as cancer survivors Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton. Hamilton (above, far right, with the cast) is especially inspiring. Not only does he serve as a co-host of the show, but the 51-year-old also performs jumps and back flips on the ice that athletes half his age would find daunting.
Breast-cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John (left, with me and LHJ’s publisher, Julie Pinkwater) also sings and shares hosting duties (she looks fabulous!). And American Idol stars David Archuleta and Katharine McPhee belt out songs that will put you in the holiday mood. When you watch the show, check out McPhee’s fabulous new look with her platinum blond hair and metallic miniskirt. I met Archuleta briefly in the makeup room, and he was as adorable as you would imagine. What impressed me most, though, was that voice. When he sang a simple, elegant and powerful rendition of “Silent Night,” he made this cynical old journalist tear up a bit.
So how was I lucky enough to get behind the scenes? Well, I’m in the show, too! Nope, I’m a crappy skater. But I get to deliver some “did you know?” cancer-prevention tips. Watch for me before the commercial breaks. I’m thrilled to play a small part in this tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who are diagnosed with cancer each year in this country. And, of course, to hobnob with Olympic heroes, like Hamill and Hamilton—and sexy and funny gold medalist Viktor Petrenko (right). Happy and healthy Thanksgiving to all!
Kaleidoscope is a show you don’t want to miss! Tune in on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (after football) on Fox.
Photos courtesy of Peter Staples.