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Hamilton helping others beat cancer
 
Associated Press

 CLEVELAND -- Cancer survivor Scott Hamilton is out to help others beat the disease.

The 1984 Olympic figure skating champion unveiled a new initiative called C.A.R.E.S (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) on Wednesday. It is a program created to improve prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer; help in research and developing new strategies to improve quality of life for cancer survivors; and establish a mentorship program.

Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton is a survivor of testicular cancer.

"We're just getting started," said Hamilton, a survivor of testicular cancer. "Thirty years ago, Brian Piccolo died from what I survived. Lance Armstrong has survived.

"My dream in my lifetime is that cancer no longer exists. Let's just get rid of it altogether."

Hamilton has enlisted the help of fellow skaters Jenni Meno and Todd Sand and Steven Cousins from the Target Stars on Ice show that he founded. Rosalyn Sumners, who left the tour last year, also is contributing to C.A.R.E.S.

Fundraisers to help the Cleveland Clinic, where Hamilton underwent surgery and was treated for cancer, are planned, including ice shows, concerts and auctions. The organization also has a Web site (www.scottcares.com).

STAY IN SCHOOL: Getting an education was so important Michelle Kwan curtailed her skating schedule to go to UCLA. Now she's going to sell school to other aspiring athletes.

Under a three-year deal with Chevrolet announced Wednesday, Kwan will promote the benefits of education.

"If you just think about skating, it takes a toll on your mind.

For me, it's nice having another distraction, to focus on something else besides skating," the three-time national champion said. "School and skating can be done both, together. I think education is really important."

Details of the program, including the extent of Kwan's involvement, are still being worked out, said Jim Jandasek, director of advertising for Chevrolet. But it will probably involve expanding scholarship programs Chevrolet already supports.

"That was her bent," Jandasek said. "She's very interested in providing assistance to aspiring student-athletes."

Kwan studied with tutors in high school, but she wanted to attend college like any other teen-ager. So she cut down on her training and competition schedule, moved into the dorms and attends classes with the thousands of other UCLA students.

"I met other people, and I actually have friends outside of skating," she said. "What I'm saying to kids is, if you can handle (going to school) and it's possible, it's essential."

SLUTSKAYA'S TRIPLE-TRIPLE: On her way to beating Michelle Kwan in last month's Grand Prix final, Irina Slutskaya became the first woman to do a triple lutz-triple loop combination.

Or did she?

"I don't want to put anyone down, because we really feel Slutskaya deserved to win," said Frank Carroll, Kwan's coach. "But you should look at the triple lutz-triple loop on slow motion."

Slutskaya cheated her triple lutz, Carroll said, not getting all the way around for the third revolution.

"I don't think she has to cheat it, I've seen her do it in practice," he said. "I just think there she cheated it."

But it wasn't that combination - or any of her other combinations - that beat Kwan, Carroll said. Slutskaya, second in the world in 1998, nearly quit skating last year when she failed to make the Russian team.

But she came back to win the Russian title and is skating with a joy and spontaneity that's tough to beat, Carroll said.

"There was a joie de vivre about that performance," he said. "She got that out of herself at the very last moment."

It probably didn't hurt that Slutskaya knew she wouldn't finish any worse than second. Under the Grand Prix format, the top two finalists competed for first and second.

So that means Slutskaya will be under more pressure at the world championships, right? Wrong, Carroll said.

"After being out last year, from not being there to finishing at the top or sixth at worlds, who cares?" he said.
 


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