Scott Hamilton Resting Comfortably after Brain Surgery

06/24/2010 at 04:50 PM EDT

Scott Hamilton Resting Comfortably after Brain Surgery
Scott Hamilton
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Ice skater Scott Hamilton is recovering and "doing great" after undergoing brain surgery to prevent the reoccurrence of a benign tumor.

The Olympic gold medalist, 51, is "resting comfortably in the hospital" with his wife, Tracie, by his side. "The priority is for him to rest and recover so he can get home to his boys," Aidan and Maxx, his rep tells PEOPLE.

Hamilton had the surgery in Boston on Wednesday and will remain in the ICU for a few days before he is expected to return home next week.

The figure skater, who underwent chemotherapy for testicular cancer in 1997, discovered the benign tumor in 2004. Called craniopharyngioma, the tumor could have caused blindness if left untreated.

Reporting by LORENZO BENET

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