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Predators, Hamilton to create skating academy at new ice rink

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The Nashville Predators and Olympic figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton announced the formation of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Ford Ice Center.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena prior to the Predators' home game against Phoenix.

Hamilton, who has lived in Franklin for several years, will serve as an active principal in the school, helping develop the curriculum and hiring a skating director at the facility.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a unique, best-in-class skating program with a world-class individual," said Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker in a news release. "Scott's ability to give back to the community while creating fun, active, innovative ways to get kids and adults on the ice will be a great asset to the new Ford Ice Center."

In his role, Hamilton, who serves as a figure skating analyst for NBC Sports and just worked his seventh Winter Olympic games, will develop programming for the learn-to-skate and figure skating curriculums at the center in Antioch, in addition to utilizing his extensive knowledge and connections within the sport to recruit skating competitions, instructors, guests and staff members.

"This is an opportunity to create something special in my hometown with an organization I respect and in a sport that has given me so much and I am extremely passionate about," said Hamilton in a news release. "I look forward to working closely with the Predators and the recreational/figure skating community to elevate the sport's standing in Middle Tennessee."

Hamilton won the gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and won four consecutive World and U.S. Figure Skating Championships from 1981-84. He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990. He performed and co-produced Stars on Ice from 1986-2001. Hamilton helped create the touring group.

The Ford Ice Center, a public-private partnership between the Nashville Predators and Metro Nashville government, is scheduled to open in August.

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