Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan - The 20th Anniversary

With the Winter Olympics quickly approaching, today we are taking a trip down memory lane to 1994. Six weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lellehammer, Norway, the skating world and tabloids erupted when 25-year old figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was brutally attacked in an incident that became known as "The Whack Heard Around the World." Leading up to the 94' Olympics, in an attempt to secure her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, Kerrigan was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. Post practice backstage, Kerrigan was clubbed in her right knee by an assailant unknown to her named Shane Stant. At this point of her career, Kerrigan was the favorite and predicted to win the U.S. Figure Skating Champions, earning her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, and expected to place in Norway.
Suddenly, a fellow competitor began to reap the benefits of Kerrigan's downfall -- her name was Tonya Harding.

Harding went on to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship and win, giving her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Both Kerrigan and Harding represented the U.S. in Norway.
SMH. In the words of my grandmother, God Does Not Like Ugly! Amazingly, Tonya is still finding excuses and blaming others for her self inflicted downfall.

1. Where were you during the 1994 Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal?
2. Trivia (no using google) - Who won the women's gold medal and what scandal was she later known for?
3. Are you excited about the upcoming games in Russia?
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