Dorothy Hamill is taking Rachael Flatt under her golden wings as the two-time and reigning U.S. silver medalist attempts to land a spot on the U.S. team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Hamill, the 1976 Olympic champion, said she chose to work with Flatt due to the 16-year-old's consistency, work ethic and bubbly personality –- all of which are reminiscent of Hamill’s career over 30 years ago.
Hamill will be helping Flatt both on and off the ice and will act as a support system and advisor on how to deal with the challenges of being at the top of a sport that is immensely popular during Winter Olympic years.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be working with a legend like Dorothy,” Flatt said. “Her outgoing personality and endearing smile touched millions of Americans in a way that I can only hope to emulate. Dorothy is an amazing role model, and I look forward to learning from her experience of handling the pressure of being ‘America’s Sweetheart.’”
The recent announcement is one of several exciting developments for Flatt this season. In addition to working with Hamill, the 2008 World junior champion has partnered with MAC Cosmetics, who will be providing her makeup through the Olympics, and Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s oldest children’s literacy organization.
Flatt will compete at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles. It will be her first appearance at the senior global event. The championships have special meaning for the skater, as she was born and raised in Del Mar, Calif. The Flatt family relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2000 so Rachael could train at the Broadmoor World Arena, but they return to southern California every year to visit family and friends.
Flatt takes to the ice in the ladies competition at the World Figure Skating Championships on March 27 and 28.