Scott Hamilton is the living example that “good guys CAN finish first!!” He is an Olympic Champion, television broadcaster, philanthropist, motivational speaker, author, husband, father, cancer survivor, and eternal optimist.
In 1984, Scott captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with his incredible Olympic gold medal-winning performance in Sarajevo. Since then he has entertainment millions more with his exciting performances, complete with backflips, artistry and humor. Considered one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time, Scott has spent the last 30+ years providing his infectious analysis of national and global skating competitions and as founder of Stars on Ice, in which he performed for many years and which is still touring with other celebrated ice skating and ice dancing champions today.
Following his mother’s passing from cancer and his own highly publicized survival of cancer, Scott launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting world class cancer research and the highest quality patient treatment and care. The Foundation supports two cancer education websites and a patient mentoring program, as well as spearheading nationwide initiatives, including Skate to Elimin8 to raise money in turning cancer upside down.
In 2014, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, in partnership with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, TN to rebuild figure skating from the ground up with his programs that offer fresh and fun ways to help students fall in love with skating, like he did as a child. He can frequently be found coaching Learn to Skate and Advanced students, delighting in the fact that skating in Nashville is quickly becoming something whole families enjoy doing together.
A celebrated author, Scott’s two books, “Landing It” and “The Great Eight, How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to be Miserable),” have both earned critical praise.
Scott serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Provision Center for Proton Therapy. He’s an active supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Best Buddies. He lives outside of Nashville with his wife Tracie and their four children.
Scott’s appearance at our company pep rally was just what we hoped for.
He tailored his talk to meet our needs, and the presentation he gave was perfect. Our associates were energized by his message and his positive outlook. And they were thrilled to have an Olympic champion in their presence. We appreciate Scott’s flexibility in working with us, and we look forward to working with him again!
~ Marc Stefanski • Chairman and CEO, Third Federal Savings & Loan
Scott Hamilton’s celebrity is only surpassed by his kindness and ability to connect with audiences. A seasoned communicator, Scott’s self-deprecating style, vulnerability and stage presence has the power to move, evoke smiles and most importantly — pulls audiences forward into their seats and towards something that matters. And working with Scott is a joy since he is collaborative, focused and motivated.
~ Mike Lundgren • Partner, Director Innovation Strategy, VML
Anyone who has the pleasure to meet or work with Scott Hamilton should consider themselves incredibly lucky. He is one of the most positive and inspiring people I’ve ever met and working with him and his team on the redesign and relaunch of the CARES Foundation website was such a pleasure filled with strong communication and good energy. Experiencing Scott speak in front of VML’s Kansas City headquarters was remarkable and such a gift. He carries himself with such poise – and evokes enthusiasm, passion and a rate connection with the crowd that leaves people feeling inspired and wanting more.
- Sarah Duggan • Supervisor - Client Engagement, VML
Scott Hamilton - a gentle soul with a powerful message of hope, endurance, faith and ultimately survivorship. One of the nation’s most adored athletes will bring your audience to their feet with his honest and heartfelt delivery of overcoming great obstacles. While his medals are many, his story and second act in life are his greatest achievements. Scott delivers a dynamic call to action to his audience and challenges each person to embrace their obstacles as a way of redirection and change for their life - and he does it all in the way we know Scott Hamilton best – truly Olympic winning style.
⁃ Karen Shayne • Co-Founder, Women Survivors Alliance & SURVIVORville
He had the people asking for more.
~ Tim Sisson • Director, Communication Business Partner, CardinalHealth,
Just a note to let you know that Scott KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK last night!!!!!!!!!! He had the audience laughing and crying all at the same time – including me. He got a standing ovation. He was gracious and agile and real - and we could not have asked for a more inspirational way to end the day. We are grateful.
~ Michelle Soto, Vice President, Conference Services, Premier Inc.