Olympian at the Y arena

Hardly a Winter Olympic Games has rolled around when the name Scott Gregory doesn't come up. Skaneateles' Olympian, Gregory came by his sport naturally. Actually, he found his sport right in this own backyard - skating on Skaneateles Lake.

Scott grew up at the end of Gayle Road on the lake. There were three properties owned by his father Bill and his two brothers Rob and Jack that were once attached to the family farm. His grandmother's house still sits proudly up on East Lake Road. And years back the Gregory family was part of Skaneateles' teasel industry.

Scott is also industrious, as the Olympic-skater- turned-coach has collaborated with a ghost writer, Diane Cook, to pen the story of his rise to the top of his sport, "Champion Mindset." And one thing you will read in his book is that the road he took was certainly not an easy one. It was full of adversity and lessons that Gregory often learned the hard way. As a matter of fact, many of his fellow skaters and close friends had no idea of his many trials and tribulations.

Gregory said fellow Olympian Scott Hamilton endorsed his book. Hamilton was surprised by his story and said, "After 30 plus years of friendship and our time as 1984 Olympians, Scott Gregory is someone I thought I knew. After reading his story I was amazed by the sheer will, courage, determination and heart he shares in the pages of his book. You will be inspired."

Gregory hopes his story will inspire others to succeed and to realize their own dreams.

"I've got a great story to tell," he said, "what I went through with my skating. I want to inspire other people to succeed, to reach their dreams. There were adversities and setbacks - I stuck with it, to become an Olympian."

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