When Skater Nancy Kerrigan attacked!

This is, without a doubt, one of the most unethical, unsportsmanlike, and revolting moments in sports history. Onya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were both superb ice skaters, obviously rivals on the rink, but there was never any suspicion that they didn’t fully accept one other’s accomplishments.

However, just before the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, a guy assaulted Kerrigan with a metal pole on her leg. The video is horrifying, with her sobbing and shouting, clearly in excruciating pain. Harding was not suspected of having anything to do with the incident at first, and she competed in the championships. Despite this, she came out and said that Harding, her now ex-husband, and her bodyguard had colluded to pay the man to break her leg.

Derrick Smith confessed to FBI agents on January 11. Stant surrendered and confessed three days later. On January 18, Harding was interrogated, although she denied any involvement. If Gillooly was to blame, she declared she would cut off all ties with him. Gillooly was charged with conspiracy to assault Kerrigan the next day. He agreed to a deal soon after in which he implicated Harding.

On January 11, Derrick Smith confessed to FBI officers. Three days later, Stant surrendered and confessed. Harding was interrogated on January 18, despite her denials of any involvement. She said that if Gillooly was to blame, she would terminate all relations with him. The next day, Gillooly was charged with conspiring to assault Kerrigan. Soon later, he agreed to a bargain in which he implicated Harding.

Harding was first barred from skating, but after threatening to lawsuit, they agreed to let her return. Harding finished sixth in the following Olympics, while Kerrigan, who had been recovered, won a silver medal—a sports feel-good moment.

Harding was coached by Diane Rawlinson as a figure skater throughout her childhood. She began working her way up the competitive skating ladder in the mid-1980s. In 1986, she finished sixth in the United States Figure Skating Championships, fifth in 1987 and 1988, and third in 1989. Harding began working with Dody Teachman, her instructor, after competing in the Nationals Championship in February 1989. She went on to win the Skate America competition in October 1989 and was a strong contender in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in February 1990

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