(apologies to The Beatles)
(via The Nashua Telegraph)
Today in 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee by Shane Stant at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Figure skating fans (and curious onlookers) around the world were shocked, and went all the way to appalled when it was revealed that the attack may have been planned by fellow skater Tonya Harding.
Kerrigan was unable to compete in the Olympic trials due to her injury, but was granted a spot on the Olympic team. She went on to win the silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and ride on a float in a Disney parade, during which her microphone picked up some rather snarky comments that were assumed to be about the parade. Kerrigan claimed she was complaining not about the parade but about wearing her medal during the parade, which she said made her feel silly.
Harding, on the other hand, was banned from participating in United States Figure Skating Association events for the rest of her life and stripped of her title. She pleaded guilty to hindering the investigation of the attack, which also involved her ex-husband and one of his friends, but continues to maintain her innocence in regards to having planned it.
– Teresa Santoski