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Olympic Medalist Scott Hamilton To Run Preds' Skating Academy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has been hired to run a new skating academy in Davidson County.

Officials with the Nashville Predators made the announcement Thursday. Hamilton will run the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at the new Ford Ice Center, located right behind the Global Mall at the Crossings in Antioch.

According to the Predators, Hamilton will serve as an active principal, helping develop the curriculum and hire a skating director at the facility.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a unique, best-in-class skating program with a world-class individual," Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. "Scott's ability to give back to the community while creating fun, active, innovative ways to get kids and adults on the ice will be a great asset to the new Ford Ice Center." 

Hamilton has been a strong presence in figure skating since he won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He also won four consecutive World and U.S. Figure Skating Championships from 1981-84.

He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990.

"This is an opportunity to create something special in my hometown, with an organization I respect and in a sport that has given me so much and I am extremely passionate about," Hamilton said. "I look forward to working closely with the Predators and the recreational figure skating community to elevate the sport's standing in Middle Tennessee."

Crews broke ground on the 86,000-square-foot facility in October of 2012. The center is expected to open sometime in August.

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