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Scott Scovell Hamilton is a fighter Adopted at the age of six weeks Scott has overcome huge obstacles to get to where he is now Scot has achieved the highest awards that a figure skater could earn When Scott was two years old he contracted an unidentifiable disease that caused him to stop growing Scott was mistakenly diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and his parents too him to Boston Childrens Hospital for treatment After several years and many unsuccessful diagnoses and treatments doctors concluded that Hamilton suffered from Schwachmanns Syndrome which interferes with your digestive system After being put onto a special diet and exercise program his health improved dramatically In 1994 Scotts adoptive father Ernie died Scotts mother died of breast cancer in 1977 Scott also lost his best friend Sergei Grinkov a Russian figure skater March 1997 Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer After his many chemotherapies he was so weak that the normally energetic skater could barely get out of bed When Scott was first diagnosed he said that he felt shock and fear However Scott did not show this Bob Kain recalls He joked with the doctors and said Oh is that all I thought it was going to be something serious They just looked at him and said No this is serious Scott then said Guys Im just kidding Thats Scotts humor In spite of all the setbacks Scott has excelled skating He earned a spot on the United States Olympic team for the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid New York Hamilton won the mens title at the US figure skating championships from 1981 to 1984 and in 1981 1982 and 1983 won the mens world championship In the 1984 Olympics Scott won the gold medal and a few weeks later he won the mens world championship Scott has founded Stars on Ice a tour featuring Hamilton four-time world champion Kurt Browning and
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