In 1984, Scott captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with his incredible Olympic gold medal-winning performance in Sarajevo. Since then he has entertainment millions more with his exciting performances, complete with backflips, artistry and humor. Considered one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time, Scott has spent the last 30+ years providing his infectious analysis of national and global skating competitions and as founder of Stars on Ice, in which he performed for many years and which is still touring with other celebrated ice skating and ice dancing champions today.
Following his mother’s passing from cancer and his own highly publicized survival of cancer, Scott launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting world-class cancer research and the highest quality patient treatment and care. The Foundation supports two cancer education websites and a patient mentoring program, as well as spearheading nationwide initiatives, including Skate to Elimin8 Cancer to raise money in turning cancer upside down.
In 2014, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy in partnership with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, TN to rebuild figure skating from the ground up. His programs offer fresh and fun ways to help students fall in love with skating, like he did as a child. He can frequently be found coaching Learn to Skate and Advanced students, delighting in the fact that skating in Nashville is quickly becoming something whole families enjoy doing together. The program will expand to the new, second Ford Ice Center in Bellevue, TN in the fall of 2019.
Scott founded the Scott Hamilton Golf Academy. On the PGA Tour, Scott currently teaches Boo Weekley, Steven Bowditch, Chris Kirk, Aaron Baddeley, Brendon Todd, Joe Durant, Ben Martin, Kyle Thompson, Russell Henley, Bobby Wyatt, Hudson Swafford, and Jim Renner. On the LPGA Tour, Scott works with Brooke Pancake, and overseas, Scott is the instructor to Jamie Elson, who is a full-time member of the European Tour.
Scott is the Director of Golf and Instruction at Cartersville Country Club, located in the foothills of northwest Georgia. He began working at Cartersville Country Club as the head professional and instructor in 1993 and has since been directly involved in helping numerous junior golfers fulfill their dream of playing college golf through his extensive college coach contacts.Scott has been featured in many golf publications such as Golf Digest, GolfWeek, Golf Magazine, Golf Channel, Wei Under Par, and GolfWRX. In 2007, Scott was named the PGA of America Georgia Section Teacher of the Year, and in 2015, he was selected as the number two coach on the tour by PGA Players.
A celebrated author, Scott’s two books, Landing It and The Great Eight, How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to be Miserable), have both earned critical praise. His third book, Finish First: Winning Changes Everything, was released in February 2018.
Scott serves on the Board of the Nashville Predators Foundation, and the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. He’s an active supporter of Special Olympics International, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Best Buddies. He lives outside of Nashville with his wife Tracie and their four children.
Scott never lets setbacks become excuses. He understands he has a limited number of days on this earth, filled with hours that don’t carry over and can’t be borrowed. So he remains unquenchable, welcoming life’s experiences and seeking excellence without holding anything back. He lives every moment of every day to its absolute fullest, knowing his currency is limited. Scott knows this all too well, having journeyed through extreme highs like winning an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and deep lows, having already battled cancer four times in his life. Scott is passionate about sharing his story to encourage others to discover this unquenchable spirit in their own lives and use it to make a difference in the world. The lows in Scott’s life have fueled an even deeper faith in God and stronger drive toward impacting others positively, and through this speech, the ups and downs of his powerful story will motivate others toward the same.
- Undefeated: How To Keep Fighting When The World Says 'Quit'
True greatness can only be achieved by a fierce commitment to going after it with everything you’ve got, no matter how many times you’re knocked down. It means rejecting apathy and staying hungry — refusing to settle for less than excellence. Scott’s life can be defined by a voracious appetite for greatness. Despite the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks he’s endured, he stayed focused, rallying after every setback to take on the next challenge. Scott has an insatiable spirit when it comes to pursuing the best life has to offer, and he’s passionate about encouraging others to uncover the same attitude within themselves. In this speech, Scott walks audiences through the extreme highs and lows of his story — from his days as an Olympic gold medalist figure skater to his four battles with cancer — letting them in on the secrets of what it takes to cultivate that voracity of spirit and keep going, even when the obstacles’ shadows loom large. His kind heart, keen wit, and distinctly competitive mindset will inspire audiences to harness life’s most trying seasons to spark a journey toward something great.
- Finish First
Scott has been successful in many areas of life — figure skating, entrepreneurship, philanthropy — but he didn’t get there by settling for mediocrity. Somehow many of us have fallen into the belief that competition is bad — that finishing first robs someone else of their chance to shine. What it actually means is we have committed to pursuing excellence. Whether Scott is earning an Olympic gold medal for figure skating, fighting his fourth cancer diagnosis, or starting a nonprofit, Scott is committed to pursuing excellence and living his days to their fullest potential. In this speech, he will inspire business leaders, entrepreneurs, and even parents and students to reject average and go for the win in every part of our lives — not for ourselves, but to bring the greatest possible good to the world around us.