Dorothy Hamill: Dancing With the Stars' Early (Fan) Favorite

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Dorothy Hamill says she turned to Dancing With The Stars for hope during her fight with breast cancer. Now she's looking to win the Mirror Ball herself.

Her former Olympic figure skating teammate, Kristi Yamaguchi, appeared on Season 6, and Dorothy was so inspired, she decided to join Season 16.

Her debut on last night's DWTS premiere was worth the wait.

"It really is a dream come true," she said. "I was a fan before, but Kristi really got me through when I watched her ... it's just amazing to be apart of this."

"It was sort of my reason to be going from week to week to watch her and root her on. She really did inspire me to feel good day after day through it all."

Dorothy admitted she was "not prepared" for the spotlight that was thrust on her as a young woman when she won gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Nothing could have prepared her for five years ago, either.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer about five years ago. Hearing that diagnoses, it's very scary," recalled Dorothy, who is competing with Tristan McManus.

How far will she go? From the looks of last night, a long way.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente