NBC has hired Nancy Kerrigan as a skating analyst for the Sochi Winter Olympics, with the figure skater also breaking her 20-year silence on the Tonya Harding incident in an NBC documentary, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Kerrigan was the victim of “the whack heard around the world,” when an assailant hit her on the right knee just weeks before she was scheduled to compete in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games.
The attack was reportedly masterminded by the ex-husband of figure skater Tonya Harding, who claimed she knew nothing about it until after the attack. She later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution and resigned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.
Kerrigan will speak for the first time about the attack in an NBC documentary from sports correspondent Mary Carillo, the story says.
“What we tried to do was a character study," Carillo said at a press conference with Kerrigan and NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell. "It took years to convince Nancy. Tonya Harding has been very public for 20 years. She has used her fame and infamy to get all kinds of things; she was on a TV show, she boxed. [Kerrigan] has stayed very quiet. And I understand that. They both became something of a punchline."
The documentary doesn’t have an airdate, but it will be broadcast during the Olympics, the story reports.
Kerrigan said she was nervous about how she would be portrayed, but agreed to work with NBC because she felt comfortable with Carillo and her longtime producer, Margaret Grossi, the piece notes.