That’s smash of a baton on Nancy
Kerrigan’s knee kept her out of the National Skating Championships and on
the front page for months. It meant she couldn’t qualify for the Winter Olympics
in February. The whispers began immediately that people close to rival
Tonya Harding were involved. I can’t believe it. I mean why does someone want to discredit me? I just don’t understand. “Were you shocked
when you heard some of these things?” It’s ludicrous.
It’s totally ludicrous. But it wasn’t. Her husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt were involved, and she knew it. She admitted it just days later. “I had no
prior knowledge of the planned assault on Nancy Kerrigan I am responsible,
however, for failing to report things I learned about the
assault when I returned home from Nationals. Gone with Harding’s Olympic
dream: her marriage, her membership in the U.S. Skating Association and a $100,000
fine imposed for the part she played in hindering the investigation of the
attack. Her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, was given two years in jail. 18-month
sentences were handed to Tanya’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt, hit man Shane
Stant, and the getaway car driver, Derrick Smith.