In the new Nancy Kerrigan interview, which aired on the “Today” show on Friday morning, the Olympic skater, 43, discussed the now infamous attack orchestrated by figure skating rival Tonya Harding. In the interview with Matt Lauer, Kerrigan also talked about the death of her father and her brother’s brief incarceration for attacking him.
It was Kerrigan’s first interview in nearly three years. In the interview, Kerrigan said that it’s still difficult to see video of the attack, in which she was clubbed on the knee by Shane Stant, a man sent by Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Harding, on Jan. 6, 1994, during a practice session for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Despite the attack, Kerrigan recovered in time for the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, seven weeks later and finished second to Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul in a close, controversial decision, NBC Olympic Talk noted.
In the Nancy Kerrigan interview, the skater said that her brother should never have been charged in her father’s death. She said that her father had a heart attack, “and that’s that.”
Also in the interview, Kerrigan said that she participates in some skating shows but says she has largely stepped out of the limelight.
“I drive and cook and clean,” Kerrigan told Lauer in the interview. “That’s basically what I do now.”
In July, it was reported that a new documentary about Kerrigan and Harding would be featured during NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage this coming February. Reports said that the coverage would include an “exclusive” interview with Kerrigan. It’s not known what makes that Kerrigan interview exclusive after the Nancy Kerrigan interview with Lauer on Friday morning.