Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding Documentary To Reboot Scandal

Image: Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding Documentary To Reboot Scandal Tonya Harding , left, and Nancy Kerrigan

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 07:33 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The Sochi Winter Olympics will draw to a close this weekend but not without one more dose of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding nostalgia.

It's been 20 years since the infamous knee-whack and now NBC will reflect on the Kerrigan assault with a new documentary, "Nancy & Tonya." The program, hosted by Mary Carillo, will air at 7 p.m. Sunday.

It was perhaps the biggest scandal in figure skating when, the night before the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, an Olympics-bound Kerrigan was physically assaulted by a man with a police baton. It was soon revealed that the man, Shane Stant, was hired by Harding's then-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt.

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All three men served prison time and Harding received community service because she reportedly knew about the attack after it happened but failed to report it to police, thus hindering the investigation.

Kerrigan recovered in time to win a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Harding finished eighth and has vehemently maintained that she was never involved in the planning or orchestrating of the attack.

Though there have been a handful of other television specials about the Kerrigan/Harding scandal recently, including ESPN's "The Price of Gold," NBC's "Nancy & Tonya" features an interview with Kerrigan, who has rarely spoken out about the incident.

The documentary will also include interviews with Nancy Kerrigan’s coaches Mary Scotvold and Evy Scotvold, Tonya Harding’s coach Dody Teachman, and four members of the media who covered the 1994 Winter Games — NBC figure skating analyst and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who was in the booth for CBS; USA Today columnist Christine Brennan; Chicago Tribune columnist Philip Hersh; and former CBS Evening News co-anchor Connie Chung.

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