With figure skating heating up at the Olympics this week, we
checked in with NBC analyst Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men's gold
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
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
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
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
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?
SI: How does it feel to have kicked cancer's butt?
Hamilton: It was a pretty good fight, but it was well worth
SI: Who plays Scott Hamilton in The Scott Hamilton Story?
Hamilton: Brad Pitt.
SI: Do you miss Jeff Gillooly?
Hamilton: Only with my car.
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