Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding Drama To Play Out AgainBy: 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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