To the world, he’s an Olympic gold medalist — but to his students, he’s simply “Coach.”
In the new docu-series Scott Hamilton Today, the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) profiles the American figure skater, from his harrowing health battles to his family life. In the third episode of the series, streaming now on PEN, Hamilton gives viewers a glimpse into his life as a skating teacher.
In 2014, Nashville’s NHL team, the Predators, announced the opening of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy in Antioch, Tennessee.
“Well, there’s the perfect situation,” Hamilton, 58, recalls of his reaction to the initial idea. “It’s awesome. It’s really fun.”
Hamilton, of course, won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo and went on to launch the ever-popular “Stars on Ice” franchise. And he views coaching as a form of giving back.
“I tell my coaches: ‘How many of you guys remember ever single coach you’ve had your entire life?'” Hamilton — who with wife Tracie has four kids: Jean Paul, Aidan, Evelyne and Maxx — says in the PEN special. “They all raise their hands. Every single kid you teach will remember you for the rest of their lives.”
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Scott Hamilton Today highlights the beloved athlete’s eternal optimism. In 1997, he overcame a battle with testicular cancer; he’s faced benign pituitary tumors in 2004, 2010 and 2016; and last month, Hamilton revealed to PEOPLE exclusively that his latest brain tumor has reduced in size without treatment.
Hamilton’s medical scares have only inspired him to give back. In addition to teaching youth at his skating school, he launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation to support cancer research.
For more on Scott Hamilton, watch Scott Hamilton Today. The docu-series premiered last week, and six 10- to 15-minute episodes will stream on PEN through the May 30 finale.