Happy Birthday, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill!

  • Hamill, at right, turned 54 on July 26th. Fleming, at left, celebrates her 62nd birthday today, July 27th. Both are breast cancer survivors who show grace and courage on and off the ice. Hamill has been open about her lifelong battle with depression. Also, she doesn't let osteoarthritis stop her from skating. As for Fleming, she's a breast cancer and osteoporosis activist. Here are some memorable moments from the lives of the gold medalists who skated their way into our hearts.
  • An American Champion Fleming started skating at the age of nine. Her coach, William Knapp, was killed in 1961 in the crash that took the lives of the entire United States figure skating team. She was later coached by Carlo Fassi and went on to win the Gold Medal in 1968 in Grenoble, France. Her victory was hailed as a welcome return to American dominance following the tragedy of the plane crash. Afterwards, she starred in five television specials and began touring the country as a guest star with the Ice Follies. She skated for four presidents and performed at the 1986 rededication of the Statue of Liberty. For over 20 years, she has been a commentator on figure skating for ABC Sports. She and her husband, Greg Jenkins, have been married since 1970. They have two sons, Andrew and Todd and three grandsons.
  • Conflicts Off The Ice Fleming's 1999 book with Peter Kaminsky, "The Long Program: Skating Toward Life's Victories," is a forthright account of her life, including her struggle with low self-esteem, her domineering parents, and her battle with cancer. She's seen here at a book signing in New York City at the Official All Star Café.
  • Honoring Women Athletes The Women's Sports Foundation Annual Gala in 2002 attracted a bevy of actresses and athletes, including Fleming. From left to right, Billie Jean King, Ally Sheedy, Geena Davis, Sue Bird, Sarah Hughes, Fleming, and Holly Hunter.
  • A Red-Carpet Moment The Billies, hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation, are named for tennis star and Women's Sports Foundation founder Billie Jean King. The awards recognize excellence in women's sports. In 2006, Fleming walked the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the first annual Billies awards ceremony
  • The Ultimate Honor Fellow Olympic skating star and sports commentator Dick Button clowns around with Fleming on the red carpet at the United States Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Chicago in June 2008.
  • A Teenage Champion Hamill started skating at a Connecticut rink in a pair of $6.95 skates when she was eight years old. But soon she was training seriously with top coaches including Carlo Fassi, the same man who gave Peggy Fleming her competitive edge. In 1976, she won gold at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Hamill invented an original move, a camel spin that ends in a sit spin, and it became known as the "Hamill camel." She also became famous for her iconic bobbed hairstyle that always fell back into place perfectly no matter how many times she whipped around during her routines. Hamill, who's been married twice, has a daughter Alexandra. But some sources say she married again in 2008 but that she has managed to shield her new husband from publicity. She's written two autobiographies.
  • In The Political Spotlight Hamill and NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann addressed the delegates at the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York on September 2nd, 2004.
  • Acting For Fun Hamill and fellow Olympian Brian Boitano were cast members in the movie sports comedy "Blades of Glory." Here they arrive for the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on March 28th, 2007.
  • Skating For A Cause Olympic Gold Medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton performs with Hamill during a practice for Kaleidoscope in Washington, DC on November 16, 2009. Kaleidoscope is a holiday variety special featuring Olympic skating champions and Grammy Award-winning artists coming together to celebrate women cancer survivors.
  • Stars On Ice Another celebrity moment: Hamill arriving at the Wollman Rink in New York on March 31st, 2008 for the Skating with the Stars Benefit Gala in her honor.