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Scott Hamilton: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Life and Competitive Times of America's Favorite Figure Skater Hardcover – October, 1985

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From Publishers Weekly

This biography is a successful attempt to probe the psyche of the gold medalist in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic figure-skating competition. An adopted child, Scott Hamilton was a sickly youngster whose maladies were medically misdiagnosed, and he grew up something of a loner. Yet, like other athletes in solo sports, he admits in this book that he feels the need for a few close supporters, although he acknowledges that the responsibility for achieving excellence on the ice is solely his. He talks about his dissatisfaction whenever he must plan his moves in a performance and about his happiness when instinct is in control. Steere, an Ohio journalist, proves to be a perceptive observer; he is gentle but never adulatory toward Hamilton, whose story will be particularly appealing to young people. Photos not seen by PW. November 27
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Hamilton gained attention between 1980 and 1984, when he won four world championships and an Olympic gold medal. His skating ability, charisma, and real life tragedies (the loss of his mother to cancer and his own near bat tle with death) provide the basis for an interesting look at what molds a sports champion. Unfortunately, Steere has gathered the facts and quotes from per sonal interviews into an exclamatory, gushing narrative. His excessive use of poetic description detracts from what could have been an enjoyable biogra phy. Perhaps young adults will want to read this, but adults and long-time fans will wish for a more balanced view. (Photos not seen.) Barbara Halfen, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (October 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312704496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312704490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,003,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This so called biographer seemed to have one goal in mind: portray Scott Hamilton as a crazed lunatic. The book consists mainly of episodes that cast either Scott or members of his family and entourage in a bad light.
The author glosses over the years of work and obstacles overcome in order for Scott to make it to the Olympics. He harps constantly on his perception of Scott's 'shallowness' and also his bouts of bad temper.
I got the impression that this was written by someone who was disgruntled with Scott Hamilton. The author obviously had no respect for his subject.
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