Scott Hamilton couldn't wait to get rid of his gold medal.
As the world champion figure skater discussed on the latest episode of the Predators Official Podcast, the reminder of his towering 1984 Winter Olympics achievement was only standing in the way of what was truly important.
"I realized in my faith journey that those things can become idols and prevent you from really living a full life," Hamilton said. "I saw a lot of Olympians getting stuck in that moment to the point where they could never get past it… But I didn't want to get stuck in that moment. I wanted to launch and build a professional career and do really cool, innovative things on the ice and I was able to do that and just keep going this way. So I'm just ripping the rearview mirror off and I'm throwing it in the backseat and I'm going that way. And it's been really cool to do that because it's liberating, and as much as I love to talk about those days, I'm not beholden to them."
Hamilton's hardware is now sitting behind glass - along with other trinkets and memorabilia pointing to his decorated career - at the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hamilton, now residing hundreds of miles away from his medal in Franklin, Tenn., would much rather focus on his family, his Learn to Skate program at Ford Ice Center or his work raising money for cancer research - a topic dear to the Olympian's heart.