Hamilton is still working as a figure skating commentator and an activist, but he retired from figure skating himself in 2001.
Hamilton is still commentating on Olympic figure skating.
Shortly after his retirement, doctors told Hamilton he had a benign brain tumor. The growth shrank after being treated with surgery in 2004. But just six years later Hamilton was back in the operating room, to remove yet another benign brain tumor.
Fans hoped that Hamilton would remain in remission, but it wasn’t meant to be. In 2016, doctors found a third benign, pituitary tumor on his brain. The Olympian was preparing for surgery once again when he received some incredible news.
Defying explanation, his third tumor shrank without any treatment.
“The nature of them is to grow, and without treatment, they have no reason to shrink,” Hamilton told Peoplein 2016.
“So I was the recipient of a spectacular miracle. I’m keeping an eye on it, and there’s no treatment needed at this time.”
Hamilton and his wife Tracie had two biological children and two adopted children from Haiti.
Hamilton says his special cancer-fighting diet may have helped – he cut sugar out of his diet and added essential oils and supplements – but mainly he credits God with his recovery.
He remembers asking his surgeon “Can you explain this?” about the good news.
“He just smiled and looked at me and goes, ‘God.’ That’s it. Whoa. I was just a blubbering mess, like, ‘I’m not worthy of this.’”
We’re all praying that Hamilton stays healthy from now on!