DOROTHY HAMILL by S. H. Burchard


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Consisting mostly of long hours of practice, the life of an ice-skating champion-to-be is pretty dull; and so is Burchard's chronicle of the lessons Dorothy attended and the tests she passed. (For visuals, this early section is padded with photos of buildings where Dorothy skated and went to school.) Worse, even the big events lack drama here, despite two instances of Dorothy's bursting into tears when she thought (mistakenly) that the fans were against her. Honors pile up--three U.S. championships, the 1976 Olympics gold medal, and the world championship later that year--and now, performing in the Ice Capades, ""Dorothy finds her new life very exciting."" You have to take that on faith; about the only comment Burchard can come up with concerns the eagerness of ""girls everywhere"" to adopt the Dorothy hair style.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1978
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich