Scott Hamilton: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Life and Competitive Times of America's Favorite Figure Skater: An Unauthorized Biogra

Michael Steere, Author St. Martin's Press $17.95 (347p) ISBN 978-0-312-70449-0
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
Reviewed on: 11/01/1985
Release date: 11/01/1985
Genre: Nonfiction
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