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Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan won a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics despite being hit in the knee earlier in the year.
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The incident thrust Kerrigan into the national spotlight, and her cries of "Why me? Why now?" were captured on video and replayed repeatedly on national TV.
The attack seriously bruised Kerrigan's kneecap and quadriceps tendon, and prevented the skater from participating in the U.S. Championships due to her injuries. Due to the extenuating circumstances,
the United States Figure Skating Association chose to name her to the Olympic team rather than second-place finisher Michelle Kwan. A month after the attack, Kerrigan surprised critics and wowed fans with a silver medal win at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, finishing second to Oksana Baiul by 0.1 points.
After her win, Kerrigan received several lucrative endorsements, including one from Walt Disney World, and retired from active competition. Since 1994, she has performed in a variety of ice skating shows; competed in the 2006 FOX television program, Skating with Celebrities; and appeared in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, starring Will Ferrell.
Kerrigan married her agent, Jerry Solomon, on September 9, 1995. They have three children, and currently reside in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
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