Dorothy Hamill's Hairstyle Was A Gold-Medal 'Do In '76

By Karen Harris
Dorothy Hamill wins the gold medal for the USA in the Women's Figure skating competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)

Dorothy Hamill's hair style made news in 1976 -- of course, what really made the news was her Olympic gold medal in figure skating. But while Dorothy Hamill was capturing Americans' hearts with her feats of athleticism, her short hairdo was capturing the public's imagination as well. Hamill certainly had a proven resume to back up her medals and titles, but also earned a prominent place in pop culture by inspiring a hairstyle fad -- the "Dorothy."