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Hamill wins gold, sets trends

Updated: January 12, 2002, 9:23 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

February 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, "Dorothy, wicked witch of the West."

At first, she thinks the sign is held by detractors. But then she realizes it's made by her friends, who want to shake her out of her usual pre-competition jitters. The move works. A relaxed Hamill, a three-time U.S. champion, gives a brilliant performance and wins ...

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