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Tears of joy for gold medalist Dorothy Hamill

Updated: December 30, 2001, 12:31 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 13, 1976

Before Dorothy Hamill takes to the ice for her freestyle routine at the Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, she starts crying after seeing a sign in the stands that says, "Which of the West? Dorothy!"

At first, she thinks detractors made the sign and takes it as a message that she is a witch. In this Cold War era, what the sign-makers are cleverly asking is which Western skater - Hamill or Diane de Leeuw of the Netherlands - is going to defeat East Germany's ...

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