Dorothy Hamill captured the Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria at the age of 19. Overnight, she became one of those rare champions who transcended her sport and captured the country’s imagination. Still, she has said she is most proud of her World Championship title in Gothenburg, Sweden, which followed her Olympic win. At that time, everyone had advised her to retire from amateur competition, saying that even a second-place finish would tarnish the luster of her Olympic gold. Characteristically, once she set her mind to it, she would not be dissuaded, and won. 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."