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 …