Nancy Kerrigan

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Tinseltown /

Full Name: Nancy Ann Kerrigan
Profession: Figure Skater

United States of America

Biography: Nancy Kerrigan was an outstanding American figure skater who unfortunately is best known for being the victim of one of the most infamous assaults in sporting history.

Prior to the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics an assailant, later confirmed to have been hired by the ex-husband of her rival Tonya Harding, used a police baton to strike Kerrigan on her landing knee during the US Championships in Detroit. Kerrigan was injured but recovered quickly.

Both Kerrigan and Harding skated at the Olympics, Kerrigan winning the individual silver medal. Later Harding was banned from the sport for life.

Kerrigan also won an Olympic bronze medal in 1992 as well as a World Championship bronze in 1991, and silver in 1992.

Post her amateur career she turned professional successfully appearing in numerous ice shows including 'Champions on Ice' and 'Broadway on Ice', and in 2003 became a national ambassador for 'Fight for Sight'.

Born: October 13, 1969
Birthplace: Stoneham, Massachusetts, USA
Age: 53 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1995-09-09 American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (25) weds her agent Jerry Solomon (41) at the Church of the Covenant, Boston

Historical Events

  • 1993-01-23 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1994-01-06 US figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard at the US Championships in Detroit
  • 1994-01-13 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1994-02-01 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding
  • 1994-03-16 American figure skater Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on former Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1994-07-13 Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly sentenced to 2 years in prison for attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1997-12-22 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5
  • 1998-02-05 Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)

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