Published January 04, 2008
BALTIMORE – Former Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Hamill said in a statement Friday that she is being treated at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The prognosis is favorable, but the 51-year-old Hamill said she will miss some of the "Broadway on Ice" tour while she is having treatment. She hopes to rejoin the tour in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the tour stops on Jan. 16-17.
With her bright smile and bubbly personality, Hamill became America's sweetheart when she won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. Girls across the country flocked to their hairdressers to copy her trademark wedge haircut, and a Dorothy Hamill doll came out the next year.
Hamill also was a three-time U.S. champion and won the world title in 1976. She retired shortly after, and joined the Ice Capades in 1977.