Well I can definitely cross off one item on my bucket list -- meet Dorothy Hamill (see below right). I caught up with the skating icon in New York City in early April. Dorothy was at Wollman Rink in Central Park for Figure Skating in Harlem's benefit gala. This is a program for young girls in the Harlem community that combines free ice skating lessons with academic studies. Dorothy has been a huge supporter of the girls and was especially thrilled to see their skating progress when they performed a group number at the rink. At the gala, we chatted about her mentoring Rachael Flatt, the adult figure skating fantasy camp that she'll head up in late September (you'll never guess where), the state of skating in the U.S., and she also shared with us why Wollman Rink holds such a dear place in her heart.
There were a ton of other questions that I had, including raising a daughter when you're Dorothy Hamill, but I was advised that Johnny Weir was about to leave, and Evan Lysacek was going inside to probably leave (translation: Susan, you need to catch Johnny and Evan before they leave), so I reluctantly ended my conversation. Last story though before you watch the video above -- After the cameras were off, I told Dorothy that I was truly honored to meet one of my personal skating idols, let alone interview her, and that I'll never forget this moment. She thanked me and also added that she felt the same way when she met one of her idols -- Julie Andrews -- when she was younger. So I laughed realizing that every person, regardless of who you are, has someone they can't believe they actually got to meet!