In honor of last month’s Winter Olympics I thought it would be fun to explore one of my favorite smoking Olympic athletes of the past. Now keep in mind this is not the most public of details as Olympic athletes will go to extreme measures to hide smoking from the public in almost every single case. But. There have been several confirmed smoking Olympic athletes in the past. To me there is none bigger than Dorothy Hamill. Gold medalist figure skater at the 1976 Winter Olympics and a confirmed smoker. One of Americas sweethearts of the late 1970s for sure.
Dorothy Hamill started smoking at a young age as evidenced from this interview with People Magazine in 1976 when she was 20 years old. "I need a cigarette.' Her best friend and personal secretary, Kim Danks, handed her one from a 120-millimeter pack as Dorothy admitted: 'I've been puffing these, maybe half a pack a day, since I was 15.", People Magazine, Nov. 22, 1976, page 520.
Within a year after winning her gold medal an AP Sports article was quoted as saying "the sweet young thing now smoking two packs of cigarettes a day." Could you just picture a young Dorothy Hamill smoking a More 120? That was reportedly her brand of choice.
Here is Dorothy today pictured with her daughter at her 21st birthday celebration. Like mother like daughter?