GREENWICH, Conn. -- Olympic gold medalist skater Dorothy Hamill, who grew up in Greenwich, withdrew Tuesday night from ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars" because of a serious back injury, according to a report from ABC.
Hamill, 56, made the announcement at the end of the first results show of the season. She had been safe from elimination.
Speaking with tears in her eyes, Hamill said she had nerve damage that could be “irreparable” and was withdrawing on the advice of her spinal surgeon.
She said it would be unfair of her to stay while a fellow competitor had to go home. Tuesday's show would have had the first elimination of the season, but no one was sent home.
Hamill won the gold medal in ladies skating in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria.
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