Dorothy Hamill: off the ice, fitness without frills

Mon Feb 8, 2010 11:05am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - As young athletes converge on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill is sharing her secrets for staying fit when there's no rink in sight.

For Hamill it means getting back to basics.

"I try and exercise every day," said Hamill, who won the gold medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

At 53, Hamill still sports the signature bob that sparked a hairstyle fad in the 1970s, and the sunny disposition that made her so popular toymakers were inspired to create a Dorothy Hamill doll in 1977.

About getting older she is cheerful and candid.

"Things change. I'm not the 19-year-old I was. My body hurts more," said Hamill. "When I take care of myself I feel better. It's not gibberish and hogwash. It's really true."

Working out these days does not always include ice skating, even for the athlete whose autobiography was titled "A Skating Life."

"In the wintertime I don't live very close (to a rink)," said Hamill, who is based in Baltimore, Maryland. "So I've been trying to figure out other ways to stay fit."   Continued...

<p>Figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill at her home in Baltimore in a 2005 photo. REUTERS/Handout</p>