Every time I think about the Tonya Harding scandal at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, I can’t believe it actually happened.
To quote the whiny and bludgeoned Nancy Kerrigan, "Why?!?!?!"
Harding was good. She won the 1991 U.S. Championships and finished second in the World Championships that same year.
She was also the first American woman to complete a triple axle.
But for some reason, she did what she did.
And what she did was straight out of a bad movie. An unbelievable movie. A movie that would have you rolling your eyes back into your head as you thought in a snarky tone, "Yeah, right."
Harding helped conspire an attack on her biggest competitor, Kerrigan. Her hired goon clubbed Kerrigan on the leg in an attempt to break it, but only left a bruise. Kerrigan withdrew from the event, and Harding won.
They both were selected to represent their country in Lillehammer, though. Harding finished a disappointing eighth, while the fully-recovered Kerrigan took home the silver.
After it was all said and done, Harding’s husband (also a conspirator) accepted a plea bargain in exchange for testimony. Harding pleaded guilty and got three years probation, community service and was stuck with a $160,000 fine.
Harding also received a lifetime ban from USFSA events and was stripped of her 1994 national title.