Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up With...Scott Hamilton

updated 01/19/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/2009 01:00AM

• At 50, the Olympic figure skating champ and cancer survivor is counting his blessings—and has written a book to help others do the same.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY THESE DAYS?
Splitting a dish of ice cream with my wife, Tracie; skating with my son Aidan, 5. He wants to play hockey, which makes me happier than him wanting to be a figure skater!

HOW IS YOUR HEALTH?
The testicular cancer is done. I had a pituitary-gland tumor in my brain, diagnosed in 2004, and the doctors shrank it. They're watching it, but I feel good and I'm back skating.

YOUR ADVICE FOR STAYING POSITIVE?
It's not the events in life that define you, it's how you deal with them. We're all here on the planet for a minute. Enjoy it.

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