Dorothy Hamill took her first lesson when she was eight years old, and soon become very serious about the sport. She won the World Figure Skating Championship in 1969 and won gold medals at the Olympics in Austria and the World Championship in 1976.
Hamill is credited with developing a new skating move — a camelspin that turns into a sit spin - which became known as the "Hamill camel. The bobbed hairstyle that she wore during her Olympic performance started a fad, known as the "short and sassy" look. Her glasses with oversized frames also started a trend in the 1970s. The media dubbed her "America's sweetheart."
After her fame at the Olympics, Dorothy toured with the Ice Capades for seven years. In 1991 she was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame and in 2000 into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, she was honored by being one of the torch bearers.