Scott Hamilton: Local Hero – Sports Legend

Photo is courtesy of http://www.jimmyv.org/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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For those of you that don’t already know, and I’m guessing that’s not very many of you, LeBron James has officially returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As a result, it is my duty to pay up on a bet with fellow Our Sports Report writer, Curt Ashcraft.

You see, since we here at Our Sports Report make up an elite group of sports bloggers who actually DON’T live in their parents’ basements, we don’t have the cash to throw at betting on sports. However, we do have humiliation and discomfort to use as currency. As is such, I have the distinct honor of writing about a sport that I know virtually nothing about…figure skating. And since I’ve watched almost no figure skating in the last fifteen years (it’s been a long time since I didn’t have control of the remote), I must write about the only name I can really remember…Scott Hamilton.

Scott Hamilton is one of those lesser known sports legends that are rarely brought up in conversations of athletic greatness. He is similar to Lance Armstrong in that he beat testicular cancer. However, unlike Lance Armstrong, Hamilton is actually a good person and not a worthless pile of human waste.

At any rate, Hamilton grew up in lowly Bowling Green, OH and rose to become an Olympic and World Champion figure skater. Could he have picked a manlier sport? Sure. But when you come in at just around five feet tall and barely tip the scales at one hundred pounds, hockey isn’t a realistic option.

Now before you think I’m picking on Hamilton, I’m not. Hamilton overcame a serious childhood illness that stunted his growth. That’s right, Hamilton overcame two things that could’ve killed him, not just one. Eat that Lance Armstrong.

Now, there is one signature move that Hamilton made famous. This move was so deadly that it was banned from competitions (perhaps the liability insurance was too high for the International Olympic Committee to justify the premiums). This epic move was the back-flip. Before Hamilton came along and flipped this sport upside down, nobody was brave enough to even try it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRPzdTyBufo

I don’t care what sort of competition you are in, be it football, lumber-jacking, whatever…how many of you can say that you revolutionized a sport? Very few people can legitimately say that.

Not only did Hamilton greatly change the sport of figure skating, but he has also been a great supporter of the Special Olympics, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Now the peak of Hamilton’s career occurred mostly before I was born, but I must say that if I’d have known more about this guy, I might have paid a little more attention to the sport while I was growing up. It’s nice to look at an athlete and see a quality person instead of the egotistical jerks we have grown so accustomed to these days.

So, Scott Hamilton, all of us here at Our Sports Report salute you. You are truly one of a kind!

In other news, we will no longer be plugging a wiffle ball tournament at the bottom of our posts. So for those of you that were growing a little tired of such things, this is your day.