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Olympian Dorothy Hamill Living with OsteoArthritis

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Can even Olympic athletes suffer from painful arthritis? Yes... but they know secrets to reduce the pain.
Air Date: 11/5/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Olympian Dorothy Hamill
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.

Hamill has been inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame and the Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She was very proud to run the torch into the Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City in 2002 and skate the closing ceremonies with vocalist Harry Connick Jr. For the last Winter Olympics, she co-hosted coverage with Billy Bush for Access Hollywood and is slated to be a correspondent for the upcoming Olympics in Soochi, Russia in February 2014.

For more than a decade, Hamill has suffered from osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic joint disease in her neck, hips and knees. While it takes her more time to warm up and get moving, Hamill has not let OA stop her from being active.

As a professional, Hamill has skated with many productions, including the Ice Capades and Stars on Ice. Four ABC primetime television specials have been produced in her honor and she has produced and starred in her own touring productions of Cinderella — Frozen in Time, Hansel, Gretel, the Witch and the Cat, and Nutcracker on Ice. She won an Emmy Award for her lead role in Romeo and Juliet.

In March 2013, Dorothy joined season 16 of Dancing with the Stars where she received the highest marks and most press of any of the contestants in the first week. However, in the second week of rehearsals she severely injured her back and had to bow out of the competition.

She has created fantasy ice skating clinics in Nantucket, Vail and Lake Tahoe, and does many motivational speaking engagements for women, medical and health organizations. Also, Hamill is involved with many charity organizations, including the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics, Big Brothers & Sisters of America, the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, and a variety of AIDS foundations.

Hamill released her memoir A Skating Life: My Story, which made the New York Times Bestseller List in 2007.
Olympian Dorothy Hamill Living with OsteoArthritis
Dorothy Hamill, World Champion, Olympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars alum, suffers from a disabling form of arthritis -- OsteoArthritis or OA.

Hamill joins host, Melanie Cole, to share her story of going from gold medal champion, to painful arthritis sufferer. In this journey, she has learned how to keep herself healthy and strong with physical activity.

Hamill also gives helpful advice on ways you can keep active and reduce the pain of living with OA.