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Dorothy Hamill opens up about her 'Dancing with the Stars' injury

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/27/2013 

Dorothy Hamill has elaborated further on her spinal condition that forced her to withdraw from Dancing with the Stars' sixteenth-season competition.

"Denial is powerful. Until I really knew what I was dealing with, I realized, 'This isn't just a muscle thing,'" Hamill said during a Good Morning America appearance with professional partner Tristan MacManus.

The 1976 Olympic gold medal winning figure skater was apparently diagnosed with a cyst on her spine.

"It's radiating down my leg and my foot, and I have no stability in my ankle. I can't put my toes back," she noted, adding that revealing the news of her departure to her fans and fellow contestants during Tuesday night's live results show was very difficult.

"I was kind of trying to keep it together because I didn't want to be a blithering idiot."

Hamill also said that last night probably won't be the last Dancing with the Stars viewers will see her and she may even return to compete in another season.

"I would love to come back... I'm going to be sitting there rooting everybody on, so I'll be here definitely," Hamill insisted.

An emotional Hamill and MacManus announced their decision to remove themselves from the competition at the end of last night's broadcast, bringing many people to tears.

"I have taken the advice of my spine surgeon and I need to withdraw from the competition. I have an injury that could be irreparable and nerve damage, and it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home," Hamill explained.

The pair had finished tied for eighth place with three other couples on Monday night's combined two-week leaderboard with a total of 36 out of 60 possible points from Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Neither of the bottom-two couples -- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and partner Gleb Savchenko and boxer Victor Ortiz and partner Lindsay Arnold -- was eliminated thanks to Hamill and MacManus' departure. 

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