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Feb. 18, 2002
Feb. 18, 2002

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Feb. 18, 2002

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With figure skating heating up at the Olympics this week, we
checked in with NBC analyst Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men's gold
medalist.

This is an article from the Feb. 18, 2002 issue Original Layout

SI: One of your nicknames is Skate God. Did you get that moniker
for your on-ice or off-ice prowess?

Hamilton: On the ice.

SI: Who's the sexier skating duo: Torvill and Dean or Gretzky and
Messier?

Hamilton: I'll take Torvill and Dean.

SI: Rumor has it that every Olympian fell in love with Katarina
Witt at the 1984 Games. Are you on that list?

Hamilton: I told everyone in 1984 that 16 will get you 20.

SI: Have you ever skated to Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby?

Hamilton: Only in the privacy of my home.

SI: Will you be able to correctly pronounce Irina Slutskaya and
Elena Berezhnaya?

Hamilton: They're nothing compared with Anton Sikharulidze.

SI: Doesn't Lutz sound too close to yutz?

Hamilton: Only in some temples.

SI: Brian Boitano has been lampooned on South Park. Do you feel
sorry for him?

Hamilton: I'm jealous. They've made Brian a cult figure for a new
generation.

SI: You're an avid golfer. Did you ever hit a long drive and
scream, "I am Tiger Woods"?

Hamilton: More times than I can count.

SI: Do you think Tiger Woods has ever skated and yelled, "I am
Scott Hamilton"?

Hamilton: I think he's getting closer to doing it.

SI: If you were making a movie starring an action hero, would you
want a lead character named Dick Button?

Hamilton: Absolutely.

SI: How does it feel to have kicked cancer's butt?

Hamilton: It was a pretty good fight, but it was well worth
winning.

SI: Who plays Scott Hamilton in The Scott Hamilton Story?

Hamilton: Brad Pitt.

SI: Do you miss Jeff Gillooly?

Hamilton: Only with my car.

--Richard Deitsch

COLOR PHOTO: MIREK TOWSKI/DMI