Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding Drama To Play Out Again

By: Amanda Crum - February 20, 2014

This year’s Olympic games have coincided with the 20th anniversary of figure skater Tonya Harding’s attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, and the old story has been brought up several times throughout the games. The two women have already sat down for an interview with NBC’s Mary Carillo, and a documentary about the incident will air on Sunday night at 7 p.m. which is also hosted by Carillo.

Kerrigan was attacked with a lead pipe to the knee while on the ice by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, when the two athletes participated in the 1994 Olympics. At first, many sided with Kerrigan, but after the media ran with the story, the entire tale became a tabloid editor’s dream, and Kerrigan eventually became an unsympathetic figure after her cries of “Why me?” following the attack turned into the wails of a spoiled ice princess.

Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal that year, while Harding placed 8th. Many have wondered whether Kerrigan would have taken home the gold if the attack hadn’t been carried out, something that will be analyzed in the documentary.

“This may have changed skating a little bit, but to me, it changed media forever,” says U.S. champion Scott Hamilton.

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  • Di

    Tonya Harding is trash. I hope to never see her name or face again. What she did is horrible and I am sick of her crying how she is the victim. Boo f*cking hoo.

  • JJ

    Nancy would have won gold if the competition had been fairly judged. Her program was virtually flawless while Oksana Bayull(sp) flat footed some of jumps, but the “poor little orphan girl” from Russia won the medal. I thought at the time if I hear the term poor little orphan one more time I would barf.

    • TruthBeTold

      You’re right. I remember it the same way.

  • kelli

    What angers me about that incident is that Nancy became an “unsypathetic” victim because of how she behaved afterwards. She was the one that was attacked with malice and no remorse. Of course she is going to say “why me”! She was the one that was attacked! But she also said “Why anybody” as well. The media never allowed her to recover following this. Anyone who had that kind of attack wouldnt be at their best emotionally or psychologically. And wiith camera’s constantly in your face they are going to pick up behaviour that isnt their best…just like anyone else under that kind of pressure and scrutiny. Maybe its best she didnt win because than ppl. would say she won BECAUSE of the attack….Either way she still took home Gold.

  • Patti

    I think it was sad that the Olympics were marred by this attack and I feel sorry for both girls, the one that was attacked and the one that caused the attack. Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and we will never know if the attack had not occurred if Nancy would have won Gold and Tonya Harding, who might have been the driving force behind her husband’s actions, were scorned and, atill to this day, is hated. After 20 years I personally see no reason to rehash what was a sorry time for the United
    States and the Olympics. God’s blessing on both girls. Life is too short to spend it hating someone or something. JMHO