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21 Most Infamous Sports Scandals

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2. Tonya Harding’s Attack On Nancy Kerrigan

The scandal involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan was something you’d expect to happen between members of mafia, not Olympic-caliber pro athletes. And yet, it happened, and it was disgusting. In early 1994, while preparing for the Olympics, the pro ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man with a metal pole who hit her on her leg, causing a very painful injury.

Everyone instantly suspected that Tonya Harding, Kerrigan’s greatest rival, was behind it, and she was, as she later admitted. Fortunately, Kerrigan’s leg wasn’t broken, and while she wasn’t able to compete at the national championship, she continued to train for the Olympics in Lillehammer. Harding was first expelled from the association but then accepted back, after threatening to sue.

Both of the skaters competed in Lillehammer. As karma would want it, Harding finished eight while Kerrigan won the silver medal. However, not even this sweet victory of right over wrong could clean the pro skating sport that was tarnished by an unprecedented, distasteful media frenzy.

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