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Nancy Kerrigan was born October 13, 1969 and showed figure skating talent at an early age. She
began training and competing in grammar school and won a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter
Olympics. In January 1994, Kerrigan was attacked during a competition by Jeff Gillooly, the exhusband of skating rival Tonya Harding. Despite her knee injury, Kerrigan went on to win the silver
medal at the 1994 Games.
Figure skater. Born October 13, 1969, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, to homemaker Brenda and
welder Daniel Kerrigan. As the youngest of three – and the only girl – Kerrigan often tagged along with
her brothers to the neighborhood ice rink while they played hockey, becoming a self-described
“tomboy.” Nancy Kerrigan’s ice hockey background made it easy to transition into figure skating at the
age of six. When an instructor commented on her talent, Nancy’s family began investing in her
Olympic career. She won the Boston Open, her first competition, at age nine. After her first taste of
success, Kerrigan quickly went on to win both local and regional competitions. But her continued
success cost money and, to make ends meet, Dan Kerrigan worked odd jobs and took out loans to
support her aspirations.
Motivated by her dream, and her family’s financial sacrifices, Kerrigan poured herself into her
practices, rising at 4 AM each morning to attend training before her classes at Stoneham High School.
After high school, Kerrigan enrolled in Emmanuel College, near her Stoneham home, where she
majored in business. But Kerrigan hadn’t abandoned her Olympic dreams, and only a year into her
bachelor’s degree, she entered and won the National Collegiate Championships. Months later, she
took home a bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival. The next year, she snagged a gold, earning
the right to represent the United States at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. Kerrigan
earned a bronze medal at Albertville, followed by her first national title at the U.S. Nationals in
Phoenix, Arizona. The Olympian appeared to be entering the top of her game in 1993. Her poor
performance at the 1993 World Games in Prague, however, sent her down to tenth place. Kerrigan
expressed her humiliation to national TV crews after her plummet in the rankings. “I just want to die,”
Kerrigan told reporters in a storm of tears after the competition. More determined than ever to make
her parents proud, Kerrigan returned to training with a renewed vigor. Seeking counsel from a sports
psychologist and limiting her public appearances, she returned to competition refreshed and ready to
compete. The hard work paid off, and Kerrigan landed two big wins at major international competitions
at the end of 1993.
Kerrigan would face a tragic career setback in January 1994, however, when she was hit in the knee
with a collapsible baton at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan. The attacker,
Shane Stant, had been hired as part of a planned assault by rival skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband,
Jeff Gillooly. The incident thrust Kerrigan into the national spotlight, and her cries of “Why me? Why
now?” were captured on video and replayed repeatedly on national TV. The attack seriously bruised
Kerrigan’s kneecap and quadriceps tendon, and prevented the skater from participating in the U.S.
Championships due to her injuries. Due to the extenuating circumstances, the United States Figure
Skating Association chose to name her to the Olympic team rather than second-place finisher Michelle
Kwan. A month after the attack, Kerrigan surprised critics and wowed fans with a silver medal win at
the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, finishing second to Oksana Baiul by 0.1 points.
After her win, Kerrigan received several lucrative endorsements, including one from Walt Disney
World, and retired from active competition. Since 1994, she has performed in a variety of ice skating
shows; competed in the 2006 FOX television program, Skating with Celebrities; and appeared in the
2007 film Blades of Glory, starring Will Ferrell.
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