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October 07, 2002
Olympic figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is often flawless on the ice, but his performance at Cleveland's Gund Arena on Sept. 21 may have been his best yet After skating in the Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice benefit show, the 44-year-old star gathered the cast at center ice. While addressing the audience, Hamilton introduced his girlfriend, Trade Rose Robinson, a 32-year-old former nutrition coordinator sitting in the front row, then asked the crowd if he should marry her. When it roared in approval, Hamilton turned to Robinson and said, "Will you?" Shocked, Robinson composed herself and accepted. "It was the right place and right time," says Hamilton. No word yet on how the French judge scored it.
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October 07, 2002

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Olympic figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is often flawless on the ice, but his performance at Cleveland's Gund Arena on Sept. 21 may have been his best yet After skating in the Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice benefit show, the 44-year-old star gathered the cast at center ice. While addressing the audience, Hamilton introduced his girlfriend, Trade Rose Robinson, a 32-year-old former nutrition coordinator sitting in the front row, then asked the crowd if he should marry her. When it roared in approval, Hamilton turned to Robinson and said, "Will you?" Shocked, Robinson composed herself and accepted. "It was the right place and right time," says Hamilton. No word yet on how the French judge scored it.

? New York Giants rookie tight end Jeremy Shockey showed he still hadn't learned the playbook during his Sept. 10 appearance on Howard Stern's radio show. When asked by the shock jock if there are gay players in the NFL, Shockey said, "I hope not," and added that if he knew there was a gay player on his college team, he wouldn't "stand for it." He said, "They're going to be in the shower with us and stuff, so I don't think that's going to work." Shockey's words were played up on outsports.com, and he later told New York's Daily News, "I guess I do regret saying it. I didn't think anyone was going to make a big deal out of it."

?If Jason Statham seems to be diving headfirst into his acting career, it should come as no surprise. The 35-year-old Brit, who stars as an underworld courier in the upcoming action film The Transporter, spent 12 years on England's diving team and finished third in their Olympic trials three times. Statham, who played a con man in 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, is also filming The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg and Ed Norton, and Statham's girlfriend, Kelly Brook, was recently voted by Maxim to be the sexiest British woman of the past 50 years. It seems he's scoring perfect 10s away from the pool.

?Speaking of perfection, the 1972 Dolphins were to be feted on Oct. 4 in South Beach. Nineteen players from the 17-0 squad have confirmed for the event, including Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, Paul Warfield and Garo Yepremian. The Dolphins will sign a team photo and a replica jersey (number 72), both to be auctioned to raise money for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Current Dolphin Ricky Williams was also set to attend.

?In the couples corner, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and longtime girlfriend Tiffany Stewart were married in a private ceremony at the lush Royal Pavilion Resort in Barbados. They'd planned an extravagant wedding in the mountaintop compound of Silent Waters, near Montego Bay, Jamaica, but were rained out by Hurricane Isidore. About 20 friends and family members attended.

?Bjorn again? Former tennis ace Bjorn Borg told a Swedish newspaper last week that he and his wife, Patricia, are expecting a baby in May. Borg, 46, and the former Patricia Ostfeldt, 35, were married on June 8 on an island near Stockholm. Don't be surprised if the newest Borg heads into the family business. Bjorn's 17-year-old son, Robin (from a previous relationship with model Jannike Bjorling), is ranked among the top 25 in his age group in Sweden.

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