Everyone’s In an Uproar About Kristi Yamaguchi’s Tweet to Nancy Kerrigan — Except Nancy Kerrigan

Mar 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

It was at the very least a poor choice of words, but figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi apparently meant well when she sent a tweet to Nancy Kerrigan to cheer her on as Kerrigan approached her debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Yamaguchi tweeted: “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS”

It was the “break a leg” part that got the most attention, bringing to mind among some social media users the infamous incident back in 1994 when Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee — an incident that was eventually tied to associates of Kerrigan’s skating rival Tonya Harding.

The usual proclamations of outrage on Twitter and other sites followed. One user tweeted: “Kristi Yamaguchi told Nancy Kerrigan to “Break a leg!” on #DWTS and that’s the level of petty I aspire to be.”

But Kerrigan responded to Yamaguchi with a couple of tweets of her own, and no mention of the “break a leg” comment. Kerrigan’s focus was mainly on getting her grammar right and getting used to her new contact lenses …


  1. This is faux outrage at its finest.

  2. Anyone that has ever been in show business is familiar with the “Break a Leg” comment. It’s wishing someone good luck. Before every live show, the people that are well liked are told to “Break a Leg”. If you aren’t well liked, your told things like “Good Luck”.

  3. Glad to see I am not the only one that thinks this truly is “fake news.” Break a leg is a good luck term that is as old as show business itself and reading anything more into it is just a waste.

    • Reality Check, thanks for posting the link. It was interesting to learn the background behind some of the superstitions surrounding theatre. Blindly following them because everyone followed them is one thing but learning why they evolved was very interesting. Thanks

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