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Cancer-free Hamilton's back on ice for first time

Caught in a seven-month battle with testicular cancer, Scott Hamilton wondered if he would ever skate again and whether he would ever be as good.

The disease shook his resolve, made his hair fall out and weakened his already slender body until he beat the disease through chemotherapy and surgery.Now cancer free, Hamilton returned to the ice for the first time Wednesday night in an exhibition at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Tears glistened in his eyes at the sight of 10,000 fans on their feet applauding and cheering when he took the ice.

"I always knew I was going to live, but I wanted to get back to where I was before," the 1984 Olympic champion said. "Tonight was an indication that it's going to happen, and I'm going to be right where I was last year."

Hamilton fell on a triple toe loop, but the crowd burst into applause immediately, and Hamilton kept on going. He hit two triple jumps near the end of his 4 1/2-minute routine.