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Hamilton's Plans Don't Include Olympics : Figure skating: He applies for amateur status, but says that while he hasn't ruled it out, he has no desire to participate in the 1994 Winter Games.

May 15, 1993|RANDY HARVEY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Scott Hamilton, the men's figure skating champion in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, has joined subsequent gold medalists Brian Boitano and Viktor Petrenko in applying to the International Skating Union to regain his ISU eligibility.

But unlike them, Hamilton said Friday that he is not mapping out a course that will take him to the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway.

"I don't have any desire to go back to the Olympics," he said. "It's not going to get any better than Sarajevo was for me. Also, if I were to make the team, it would deny someone else the Olympic experience that I've already experienced twice.

"But reinstatement leaves some options open for me, and with options come opportunities."

Hamilton, 34, said that he had not entirely ruled out the possibility of attempting to skate at Lillehammer, but added that he was more interested in regaining his eligibility for other ISU-sanctioned competitions, including various invitationals, such as Skate America and the World Championships.

"I'd like to compete against the best skaters, like Brian and Viktor and Kurt Browning," said Hamilton, who has spent the last 10 years touring and competing in the professional ranks.

"That's very inspiring for me to have that goal of bettering myself so that I can be on that level again. I made a big jump technically last year, and I hope I can make another big jump this year."

In the Hershey's Kisses Pro-Am last month at the Sports Arena, Hamilton finished second behind Boitano and ahead of reigning national champion Scott Davis and runner-up Mark Mitchell. Hamilton had applied for reinstatement before the April 1 deadline, but he asked the U.S. Figure Skating Assn. to delay the announcement until Friday.

"I didn't want it to be a big publicity thing," he said.

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