Sunday marked the 20-year anniversary of the day Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding took the ice at the 1994 Winter Olympics to skate in the short program. It was a month and a half after Kerrigan was famously attacked, resulting in a media frenzy and controversy that nearly swallowed Harding whole.
With the Sochi Games closing, timing was perfect for NBC to air a 20-years-later documentary about Kerrigan, Harding and the scandal that rocked figure skating. "Nancy & Tonya" was in the lead-in spot to the Closing Ceremony, so it's sure to ignite plenty of chatter about the pair of Team USA figure skaters who will forever be linked.
Not much about the story has changed, so what really made this documentary interesting was that Kerrigan was participating in it, speaking to NBC's Mary Carillo. Kerrigan was very reserved back then and still is today, so we haven't heard as much of her side as we have Harding's in the ensuing years. (She worked as an analyst for NBC during the Olympics, so that surely helped get her in front of the camera).
In "Nancy & Tonya," we learned the normal 20-year-later documentary stuff — they both have kids; Kerrigan hangs out with her mom and her mom's friends most days; Harding works in landscaping and sings karaoke for fun. So let's just distill this down to what everybody's going to be curious about: What did they say?
Without further ado, here are the five most interesting quotes (or exchanges) from the "Nancy & Tonya" documentary:
"I've apologized so many times. She's not worth my time anymore." — Tonya Harding
This is probably the most explosive quote in the documentary, which was tepid on controversy. One thing evident throughout NBC's film is that Harding considers herself a victim too. She came off as angry and unfiltered at times, which isn't new for her. She was always a figure skating rebel.
"She looked at me like I was a piece of [expletive]" — Tonya Harding
"No, I had no reason to. Why would I?" — Nancy Kerrigan
These are their responses to the same question about whether they interacted with each other when they arrived in Lillehammer for the Olympics. It's basically Harding and Kerrigan in a nutshell, their very different personalities summed up perfectly — Harding rough around the edges, Kerrigan very matter of fact.
"He was just a fat, complete idiot." — Tonya Harding
Twenty years later, Harding doesn't seem like she misses her once bodyguard Shawn Eckardt, who along with her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and baton-swinging henchman Shane Stant were implicated in the attack of Kerrigan. Eckardt died in 2007.
"Some people said it was whiny. 'Oh, the ice princess is whining.' Whining?! I wasn't whining. I had just been hit with a metal baton by a big, strong person," she said. "If you've never been attacked, you have no idea what you would do." — Nancy Kerrigan
Kerrigan, of course, received some backlash after her attack, which makes sense in that people love to be contrarians. This quote, however, was one of the moments in the documentary where Kerrigan showed the most fire. Even 20 years later, she's good at talking about this ordeal but not revealing too much.
"You guys with this 20-year thing, or every two or three years. Whatever. I'm done. Nobody wants to hear this crap anymore. And you know what? I don't give a damn." — Tonya Harding
You know, she's probably right. But the way this story gripped the world in 1994 — back when sports scandals weren't as mainstream as they are today, back before the 24-hours news cycle and social media — it's hard to imagine the media giving up on it next time a signifigant anniversary rolls around.
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