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When you turn professional, you become an entertainer,
by Scott Hamilton

When you turn professional, you become an entertainer,
and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review.
- Scott Hamilton

Male figure skating is different than female figure skating;
we're not America's sweetheart.
- Scott Hamilton

I started skating and I kind of liked it because I
could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball.
- Scott Hamilton

I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games;
I won a gold medal.
- Scott Hamilton

 

I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater,
you know.
- Scott Hamilton

I'm very accessible.
I don't get into this ego thing.
- Scott Hamilton

I was more interested in skating and the girls and
traveling than I was in calculus.
- Scott Hamilton

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From the fall of October, 1980 to March,
1984 I never lost a competition.
- Scott Hamilton

I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
- Scott Hamilton

The high road is always respected.
Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
- Scott Hamilton

Most other competitions are individual achievements,
but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
- Scott Hamilton

And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to
kind of be competitive at something,
without having to be big.
- Scott Hamilton

I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.
- Scott Hamilton

Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized
by a lot of people that you've never seen before,
and they're at a great advantage.
- Scott Hamilton

Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
- Scott Hamilton

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
- Scott Hamilton

Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in
skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
- Scott Hamilton

I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much
smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
- Scott Hamilton

Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always
make an effort to give people more than they expect.
- Scott Hamilton

But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating,
it's just something that happened, you know.
- Scott Hamilton

And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center
of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
- Scott Hamilton

I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating,
so they're not just witnessing a performance,
they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
- Scott Hamilton

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you.
They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
- Scott Hamilton

Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.
- Scott Hamilton

Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform
at the highest levels of international figure skating,
because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven
minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
- Scott Hamilton

What was really funny is that as I got older all those
guys who called me a sissy in junior high school wanted
me to be their best friend because they wanted to meet
all the girls that I knew in figure skating.
- Scott Hamilton

So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism,
because it made me better.
But now as a professional I don't really know how to
channel it or where to take it,
so I don't take it quite as well.
- Scott Hamilton

That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better
than the Masters or the U.S.
Open.
To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement,
but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country,
it's wonderful.
- Scott Hamilton

When you're expected to win and you have the press
saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal,
and you're the only sure thing in the Olympics,
it can undermine your confidence.
- Scott Hamilton

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono


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