Who is Nancy Kerrigan? Figure Skating and Family
Nancy Kerrigan's father Daniel Kerrigan died in their family home in Massachusetts on Sunday. Mark Kerrigan, Nancy Kerrigan's brother, was charged with assault in connection to his father's death. Nancy Kerrigan is a former figure skater who gained fame over a brutal knee whack attack that was masterminded by the ex-boyfriend of rival skater Tonya Harding, who was later banned for life from skating for her involvement in the incident.
But, who is Nancy Kerrigan? And, why is her family dominating the news today?
Nancy Kerrigan became a media darling and a sentimental favourite at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer due to a freak accident that happened during the 1994 U.S. figure skating championships when Kerrigan was attacked with a baton and her knee was crashed, a devastating injury for a skater. Kerrigan than came back and won a silver medal at the Olympic Games, weeks after she sustained her injury.
Kerrigan is a two-time Olympic medalist. She is also the 1993 U.S. champion. Her showings at the world championships have also been strong. She placed third in 1990 and claimed a silver medal in 1991. Kerrigan retired from skating after the 1992 Games, but remained in the public eye due to the popularity that the knee whacking incident has brought her. She participated in ice skating shows and even starred in the Blades Of Glory alongside Will Ferrell.
Kerrigan got married to her agent Jerry Solomon in 1995. Kerrigan and Solomon have three children. She has two siblings -- brothers Mark and Michael. The altercation between Kerrigan's 70-year-old father Daniel and brother Mark that has allegedly led to her father's death is being denied by family. Brenda Kerrigan, Nancy Kerrigan's mother, insists her husband died of a heart attack. Mark Kerrigan appeared in court today, pleading not guilty to assault charges. It is being reported Mark Kerrigan was intoxicated during the incident. Police are saying there were signs of confrontation in the Kerrigans' house.
It is being reported that Mark Kerrigan had a violent past with a record of previous assault charges.