Olympic Ice Skater Nancy Kerrigan Biography

Nancy Kerrigan
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Nancy Kerrigan - Olympic Medalist:

Nancy Kerrigan won the bronze medal in 1992 and the silver medal in 1994 in women's figure skating at the Olympics. She also was the U.S. Ladies Champion in 1993.

Nancy Kerrigan was Hit on the Knee and Made Figure Skating Famous:

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.

Born :

Nancy Kerrigan was born on October 13, 1969 in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

How Nancy Began Skating:

Nancy began to ice skate when she was six years old. She first took group ice skating lessons. She always like jumping and never minded falling on the ice. She liked playing hockey with her two older brothers.

Nancy Just Loved to Skate:

Nancy loved any kind of skating as a child and teen. She liked hockey, she liked skating fast, she liked jumping. She even played street hockey in full gear with her brothers.

First Ice Skating Medal:

Nancy won her first ice skating medal when she was nine years old at the Boston Open.


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Nancy Kerrigan Famous Quote:

"Why me? Why, why, why?"

This was what Nancy said after she was attacked in 1994.

Since the 1994 Olympics:

After the Olympics, Nancy continued skating as a performer with the Ice Capades, Champions on Ice, and with "Skating With Celebrities." She also performed in other exhibitions and shows and did some commenting for the press at ice skating competitions.

Nancy Kerrigan Foundation:

The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation, established in honor of Nancy's legally blind mother, helps support the vision impaired.