Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Whack Heard Around the World....

20 years ago this week is the anniversary of one of the biggest sports "scandals" of my lifetime. An event so news worthy that people, not just sports fans, all over the United States were talking about it.

Yes 20 years ago, yesterday actually,  figure skater Tonya Harding and her now ex-husband, in a very Sapranos like way,  paid a man to break Nancy Kerrigan's leg to gain a competitive edge.

As she finished up her practice on the eve of the US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit Michigan, Kerrigan was attacked. A man later identified as Shane Stant, jumped from behind a curtain and clubbed Kerrigan on the leg around the knee area. 

The media coverage that followed was insane. It was the headline story for tabloids, and talk shows. And something that, quite frankly, we hadn't ever seen we had not seen before at such a high profile level. Some think that this event along with the famous  O.J Simpson low speed chase is what led to the reality t.v revolution. 

The two women, despite the different directions their lives took after this moment, will forever be linked in history by The Whack Heard Around the World.

1 comment:

  1. It was crazy and unbelievable at the time, and I have to say, after 20 years it still seems crazy and unbelievable!!