Who is the Olympic medalist on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, you ask? Find out everything you need to know about Nancy Kerrigan right here!
1.) Nancy Has 2 Olympic Medals
In 1992, Nancy Kerrigan, won the bronze medal in the Ladies’ Singles ice skating competition during the Winter Olympics. Two years later she won the silver medal in the same category, coming in second to gold medalist Oksana Baiul.
2.) Nancy Was Attacked In A Conspiracy Led By Fellow Skater Tonya Harding
Seven weeks before securing her silver medal in 1994, Nancy was struck in the knee by a police baton after coming off the ice from a practice session. Video of the aftermath showed Nancy laying on the floor crying, “Why, why, why?” while holding her injured knee. It was later revealed that her attacker, Shane Stant, was hired by rival skater Tonya Harding‘s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt. On March 16 that same year, Tonya pled guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attacks. Nancy went on to recover quickly and win the silver medal in the 1994 winter games.
3.) Nancy’s Skating Costumes Were Designed By A Well-Known Name
Believe it or not, what Nancy wore on the ice during her competitions were all designed by the famous Vera Wang. Not only did Vera donate these dresses to Nancy, but by wearing them she started the trend among skaters to wear “couture” costumes.
4.) She’s An Ice Skating Hall Of Famer
In 2004, exactly 10 years after her attack and winning the silver medal, Nancy was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Other notable Olympian skaters who have previously been inducted include Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and many more. In 2009, Nancy’s designer of choice, Vera Wang, was also inducted for her work on skater costumers.
5.) Nancy Has A Major Presence In Pop Culture
Being a contestant on the 24th season of Dancing With The Stars is not the only time Nancy has taken center stage off of the ice. In 1995 she appeared in an episode of Boy Meets World, and in 2007 she made a cameo in the Will Ferrell movie, Blades Of Glory.
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