121. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan
Tonya Harding is the notorious American figure skater
made headlines in 1994 by attacking her skating
Nancy Kerrigan. During a practice session for the
United States Figure Skating Championships, Harding and her
-husband hired her husband's friend to physically assault Kerrigan.
attack was intended to improve Harding's chances to
the Olympic team, which she did. The plan
to break Kerrigan's leg, but was not successful.
only suffered severe bruising. She was also part
the Olympic team in Lillehammer, Norway.
discovered that Harding was behind the attack, a
frenzy ensued. Kerrigan was on the cover of
Time, and Newsweek in January 1994. The media
onto the Olympic city in great numbers, and
video of the competition became one of the
watched shows in American history. The following month,
's husband cooperated with authorities by testifying against Harding
her co-conspirators in a plea-bargaining agreement. Harding was
from competing for life by the United States
Skating Association after pleading guilty for her part
the attack on March 16, 1994. By pleading
, she was able to avoid a jail sentence.
remained in the American limelight for several years
the incident. Her ex-husband released a wedding sex
of Harding and himself. Some of those images
published by Penthouse Magazine. She competed in a
TV network broadcast of Celebrity Boxing in 2002.
went on to try a professional boxing career
following year, but with little success. Kerrigan, on
other hand, fell out of the American culture
, never to be heard of again.