Throwback Thursday: Dorothy Hamill, her hair, and the Winter Olympics

by Robyn Wright on February 6, 2014

in Living

Me and my Dorothy Hamill hair back in the 70s and me with Dorothy in 2013!

The Winter Olympics start today and it always reminds me of Dorothy Hamill and I thought the perfect topic for Throwback Thursday! She was a star in the 1976 Winter Olympics in Austria. I remember being a little girl and watching her ice skate. She made me want to ice skate too! Sadly I only tried once and was not very good at it – one of these days I will try again. Even though I did not become an ice skating super star like she was, Dorothy Hamill was still very much a hero to me as a little girl. To see someone, a young girl, accomplish so much was incredible to me! Just like so many other girls the one thing we could do to be like Dorothy was to get a haircut like hers! I rocked the Dorothy Hamill for a few years when I was a kid and loved it!

Last year at the Type-A Conference (it is my favorite social media conference and I will be there again for Type-A 2014 conference) I was so surprised to learn that Dorothy Hamill was there and was going to speak to us! O-M-G! I am not one to be star struck generally but I really was this time. Even better was that I had the picture of me and my Dorothy hair with me! I store everything in SkyDrive so I was easily able to pull up that photo and when I got to meet Dorothy I showed it to her! She seemed so genuinely nice and honored that I had that photo with me to share with her.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics So as I watch the Olympics the next couple of weeks I will often remember being a young girl and watching Dorothy Hamill skating along with all the other athletes. I know that the athletes have such high hopes and such pressure on them but I hope they can enjoy the games as much as we enjoy watching them and I hope there are women Olympians in this year’s event that are heroes to little girls today!

As a side note, I have written a post over at BlogHer, Sochi 2014: 6 Olympic Party Ideas,  with ideas on creating a party or just fun things to do with the family to celebrate the Olympics as you watch. That post was inspired by my Olympics Pinterest board. I hope you can find some ideas to make the Olympics even more fun for you and your family!

Do you have a favorite memory of any past winter Olympic games? A hero?


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1 tannawings February 7, 2014 at 12:57 am

I remember when everyone was getting ‘her’ haircut! The only other one I can think of is Mark Spitz. I love to swwim and he was so handsome!

2 Robin February 7, 2014 at 6:49 am

Your haircut is so cute. Wow–you got to meet Dorothy Hamill! What an honor! We are so excited to watch the Sochi opening ceremony tonight.

3 AngelaLilly February 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

OMG that is so neat that you got to meet her! :-D I am lucky that I never had that haircut, even though they were popular when I was a kid. My dad wouldn’t let my mom cut my long, naturally honey blonde w/nearly white highlights hair EVER! LOL The first time I didn’t have hair down past my shoulders was when I was 13! LOL

4 Kelly Ann T February 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I’m so glad you got to meet her. I also remember Peggy Flemming, she was one of my favorites. Cannot wait for the Olympic games to start.

5 Ravzie February 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

What a great picture! I have always loved the skating too. The skaters are always so poised and confident. Dorothy was such a cutie then and a fine lady now. Cool how you got to meet her. More recently, I was a Katerina Witt fan. But I am looking forward to seeing Gracie Gold perform this Olympics.

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