God credited with shrinking figure skater's brain tumor, but otherwise terrific story haunted by ghost

GetReligion | 2/19/2018 | Bobby Ross Jr.
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"Scott Hamilton Was Demoted as an Olympic Broadcaster. Don’t Feel Sorry for Him."

That's the headline on a fascinating New York Times sports column on the famous U.S. figure skater and broadcaster.

Why shouldn't we feel sorry for him?

If you really want to know, I'd urge you to click the link and read the full column.

Idea - Hamilton - Series - Cancer - Battles

But basically, the idea is that Hamilton has suffered through a series of cancer battles and has his priorities in the right place. That means, as the Times explains, that the loss of his Olympic broadcasting gig hasn't hit him as hard as it might have otherwise.

The Times even hints that a higher power might be involved:

Hamilton - Times - Day - Doctors - Radiation

Hamilton said he had prayed about 12 times a day for it to go away. Doctors treated him with radiation, and the tumor did go away.

And later, there's this mention:

Tumor - Half - Hamilton

The tumor had shrunk, by about half. Hamilton choked up when describing what happened next.

“Have you ever had one shrink without treatment before?” he said he asked the doctor. “And the doctor said, ‘Nope, never.’”


Hamilton asked, “So how can you explain this?”

The doctor said, “God.”

Process - Friends - Colon - Cancer - Miracle

It floored him. He was in the process of losing three friends to colon cancer, yet he, somehow, someway, was given this miracle? At his latest doctor’s visit, in December, the tumor was even smaller.

It's compelling stuff. Really.

Concrete - Details - Hamilton - Affiliation - Beliefs

But guess what's missing? Any concrete details concerning Hamilton's religious affiliation or beliefs. As happens so often in sports stories, the Times fails to offer even any rudimentary information about Hamilton's faith — such as the fact he is a Christian.

Hamilton discussed his faith journey in a 2009 interview with The Christian Chronicle:

Skater - Church - Experience - Parents - Sunday

The skater describes a typical church experience growing up, his parents taking him to worship, Sunday school and...
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