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Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games

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The "Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan" incident increased the popularity of figure skating.
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Olympics

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Olympics

Photo by Pascal Rondeau - Getty Images
Just before the 1994 Olympics, right after a practice session at the United States National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit hard with a hard object on her knee. The accident made it impossible for her to compete and Tonya Harding won the Championship Ladies event.

Shortly after that, it was alleged that Tonya Harding might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy. Tonya was banned from U.S. Figure Skating for life.

The "Kerrigan Attack" increased the popularity of figure skating. A novel was written, followed by a musical play, and a few television movies were made about the incident.

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