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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
SportsCenter Flashback: Kerrigan attacked


SportsCenter Flashback will present a new feature on the attack of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan which shocked the sports world on Monday at 11 a.m. ET. Kerrigan was struck in her right knee with a collapsible metal baton, forcing her to withdraw from the 1994 Olympic figure skating trials. Rival skater Tonya Harding as well as Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard were among those involved in the attack. Here's what transpired on that tragic day:

Jan. 6, 1994
Kerrigan attacked

Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding was stripped of her '94 U.S. title due to her role in the Nancy Kerrigan attack.
Behind the glamour of figure skating, there's a cutthroat world. U.S. national champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, finds out the hard way after a practice for the Olympic Trials in Detroit. A powerful man strikes her with a collapsible metal baton, bruising her right knee so severely she will be forced to withdraw from the Trials.

The police will arrest Jeff Gillooly, the former husband of Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding, and Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, for hatching the plot. Shane Stant will be arrested as the assailant and his uncle, Derrick Smith, as the driver of the get-away car.

Gillooly and Eckardt will tell authorities that Harding had been an active participant in the plot. Harding will say that she only knew about the attack after it had been carried out. After the Olympics, where she will finish eighth, she will plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of a case. She will be put on three years probation, be ordered to perform 500 hours of community and be fined $100,000.

Kerrigan will finish second at the Olympics and go to Disney World.





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