Friday, July 23, 2010

Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan

SHOOT: This is probably bad sportsmanship at its worst.
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In the run-up to 1994's U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Harding's husband Jeff Gillooly and ex-bodyguard Shawn Eckardt hired Shane Stant to take a collapsible baton to Kerrigan's knee during a practice session. She was forced to withdraw, and Harding subsequently won the event.

Then things really got messy. Harding admitted to her part in helping cover up the attack, and both the U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and U.S. Olympic Committee started proceedings to remove her from the Winter Olympics in Norway. Harding hit back, threatening legal action, and was allowed to compete. But as the saying goes, cheaters never prosper. Harding finished eighth, with Kerrigan — by then recovered from her injuries — taking the silver. After conducting its own investigation a few months later, the USFSA stripped Harding of her figure-skating title and banned her for life from participating in USFSA-run events as either a skater or coach.

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