Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen-year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her gold medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Her interpretation of music, fluid skating and infectious charm led all nine judges to unanimously vote her the winner. Read More >
With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Hamill leaped into America's heart as a 19-year old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1976. In this keynote presentation, based on her book A Skating Life, she reveals her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. She shares how she now successfully manages her depression with a compendium of exercise, medication, therapy, and the support of her family and friends.
"I thought that Dorothy Hamill was the BEST speaker! Dorothy Hamill’s talk was 'from the heart' … which made her talk all the more genuine, real, emotional BUT inspiring. She puts into light the stigma that still pervades among mental illness and persons affected with mental illness. I still get teary-eyed thinking about her talk."
"Best speaker we've ever had. Connected with the audience like I've never seen before. She was beyond fantastic. Dorothy helped a lot of people that day. We could not be happier."