Hamilton has successful surgery

BOSTON -- Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton had successful surgery Wednesday to remove a benign brain tumor.

Hamilton's publicist, Michael Sterling, said the 51-year-old skater was "doing very well" after surgery Wednesday morning at a Boston hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

Doctors discovered the tumor near Hamilton's pituitary gland in 2004. He underwent a successful procedure to shrink the tumor, but it grew back and forced him to have the surgery to remove it.

"Quite frankly, this is just another little bump in the road for Scott," Sterling said. "He seems to have this extraordinary attitude with everything he's faced in his life, to date."

Carrie Simons, spokeswoman for Hamilton and his family, said he was resting comfortably with his family by his side.

"He and his family are so thankful to the doctors and surgical team for taking such good care of him and grateful to everyone for their thoughts and prayers," a statement said.

Hamilton also had chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer in 1997.

Sterling said Hamilton was in a "recovery situation" and is expected to return home soon.

Hamilton is a four-time world champion, who highlighted his career by winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.