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Nancy Kerrigan Attacked
In 1994, a man hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gilloly, attacked Kerrigan off the ice during the World championships, hitting her knee with a metal pipe. Kerrigan recovered from her injury with rigorous rehab and was able to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics, winning silver.
The story soon took on a life of its own, with many speculating that Harding was behind the attack, though she claimed she had no part in it. Harding and Kerrigan competed side-by-side during the 1994 Olympics, but their relationship was strained and Harding failed to medal in women’s figure skating. Later she pled guilty to hindering prosecution and was forced to pay a fine of $160,000 and undergo three years’ probation. In addition, Harding was also eliminated from the U. »
On Feb. 23, 1994, all eyes were on Lillehammer.
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were set to face off in the ladies' figure skating Olympic short skate, just six weeks after Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in an attack orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. The tape-delayed broadcast drew more than 70 million viewers and a 48.5 household rating — still the seventh highest-rated TV program in history.
The most memorable Winter Olympic moments of all time
Twenty years to the day on Sunday, the two will be back on an Olympic broadcast in NBC's one-hour documentary Nancy & Tonya (7/6c) to discuss the soap opera-like scandal that riveted America — and in Kerrigan's case, for the first time. "Everyone's talked about this except Nancy. Tonya can't stop talking about it! But Nancy wanted to do this. She was ready," Mary Carillo, who produced and narrates the documentary, tells TVGuide. »
- Joyce Eng
NBC airs Nancy and Tonya documentary before Olympics closing ceremony: Nancy & Tonya, a look at the 1994 scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding that rocked U.S. figure skating leading up to and at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, airs on NBC Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7pm Et prior to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Announcement in the press release from NBC: Nancy & Tonya Debuts Sunday, Feb. 23 At 7 Pm Et/6 Pm Ct On NBC On 20th Anniversary Of 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition Mary Carillo Examines Story That Riveted America In One-Hour … Continue reading →
The post NBC airs Nancy and Tonya documentary before Olympics closing ceremony appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
For days NBC Sports had been saying its Nancy & Tonya documentary would probably air on Sunday before the Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, which also would sync it up with the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition. But that slot depended on any weather delays or unforeseen problems during NBC’s coverage. This morning, the network nailed down a timeslot: this Sunday at 7 Pm Et/6 Pm Ct. Mary Carillo will examine the events that held Americans spellbound after defending U.S. figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee after a practice during the 1994 U.S. championships and rival Tonya Harding’s husband and bodyguard were arrested for planning the attack. The docu, which combines present-day and archival interviews, practice and competition footage, and news coverage leading up to and during the events, includes a sit-down with Kerrigan and a one-on-one with Harding. It culminates »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Nancy was brutally attacked before the 1994 Winter Olympics, by Tonya’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and two of his accomplices. Now NBC and Espn are debuting rivaling documentaries that will force viewers to decide whose side they are on!
Tonya Harding has always been adamant that she knew nothing about her husband, Jeff Gillooly‘s plans to brutally assault Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session before the 1994 Winter Games. Now that it’s the 20th anniversary of what was called the “whack heard round the world,” two very different documentaries will revisit the terror that took place between these two skating stars.
Espn has a new documentary called 30 for 30: The Price of Gold, in which Tonya continues to claim she had no clue that her husband, at the time, was plotting an attack against Nancy. The documentary focuses on Tonya’s life and portrays »
- Chloe Melas
The documentary will air during NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage and features interviews with both Kerrigan and Harding conducted by NBC sportscaster Mary Carillo.
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Nancy Kerrigan Attacked
After winning Bronze at the 1992 Winter Olympics, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was on track to win her second consecutive national championship before going into her next Olympics. Instead, she was attacked in 1994 when a man hit her in the knee with a metal pipe, forcing her out of competition and into physical therapy. With Kerrigan unable to compete in the national championships, Harding came out victorious.
Kerrigan managed to rehab her knee and compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where »
Costas has been out sick all week with an eye infection. Matt Lauer has filled in as host Tuesday through Thursday.
Executives at NBC envision Vieira staying in the primetime seat for two nights, said Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympics broadcast for NBCUniversal. “This has lingered for a little bit,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. “We will just have to see, as we’ve done pretty calmly and rationally, and take it one day at a time. We’ll wake up tomorrow and see how Bob is doing and make a decision then.” Bell said NBC executives had not yet contemplated removing Costas from hosting duties.
- Daniel Goldblatt
Bob Costas Suffers Eye Infection
Ahhhh! Don't Look Bob Costas In The Eyes!! pic.twitter.com/0Tt1Y1RWSy
— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) February 11, 2014
Costas, NBC’s Olympic coverage anchor has been battling an eye infection since his reporting began on Feb. 6. The infection caused him to forgo contacts in favor of glasses, causing a media buzz about Costas’ new look, not to mention his red left eye. Costas’ eye infection quickly became a top Olympic story, taking over Twitter and inspiring parodies and memes.
Costas' eyes are only getting worse tonight. pic.twitter.com/HLPz53Klen
— Sb Nation Gif (@SBNationGIF) February 11, 2014
Costas had hoped that his eye infection would slowly subside, but things only got worse as the week wore on. On Monday, Feb. 10, Costas embraced his red eyes, »
Update, 5:50 Pm Pt: “We’re back now with a good opportunity to welcome in our Mary Carillo, and she’s about to bring us our nightly dose of Russian culture and no vodka tonight – please. You saw what happened last night,” Matt Lauer joked tonight as he fills in for Bob Costas on NBC‘s primetime Olympics coverage. He’s referring to the previous night’s primetime coverage when Costas abandoned NBC doctors’ treatment for his ever-worsening eye infections, and went instead with vodka, telling Carillo during one of her Russian-culture segments as he downed what was billed as a good-ish dose of the Russian booze: “My eyes can’t get any redder.” Polishing off his drink, he predicted, “Tomorrow morning I’ll be lying on a curb in Minsk.” Previous, 4:30 Pm Pt: “I’m Matt Lauer, in for Bob Costas tonight. If you’ve been following along »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
The eye's had it. Matt Lauer may not be going for gold, but the longtime Today show host will be pinch-hitting for buddy Bob Costas Tuesday as the NBC Winter Olympics host takes a night off to battle an icky-looking eye infection, which has forced him to wear Harry Potter-style glasses on air. "Let's hope it's only tonight," Costas, 61, told Lauer live on Today Tuesday. "I'm walking around, I might as well be playing 'Marco Polo.' I have no idea where I am."Costas is something of an Olympic institution. No one else has anchored a prime-time summer or »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
The pinkos have finally won.
By that, of course, I’m referring to Bob Costas’s red-rimmed eyes — inflamed with an infection that’s plagued NBC’s lead Olympic commentator since the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Games began last week. (The infection started in Costas’s left eye and has subsequently spread to his right.)
Though Costas has soldiered on despite his ailment — even gamely downing a glass of vodka with Mary Carillo night — the Peacock announced Tuesday that the sportscaster is finally stepping aside, at least for one night. Costas will be taking the day off »
- Hillary Busis
Imagine palm trees, sea breezes and a temperate climate, and you've got a handle on, not your next Caribbean vacation, but the scene of the Xxii Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia.
Yes, this Eastern European resort city of 340,000 on the northern shores of the Black Sea is not your average Winter Games host, boasting a climate closer to Virginia than Lake Placid, Lillehammer or Innsbruck. But that shouldn't detract from the action on the slopes, ice or halfpipe, given indoor venues, high-elevation ski trails and advanced snowmaking technology.
Coverage gets going Thursday, Feb. 6, with the first of 17 days of action in alpine skiing, snowboarding, figure and speed skating, bobsled, biathlon, and more. NBC will team with broadcast partners NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and USA Network to provide 539 hours of televised events in addition to the more than 1,000 hours of live streaming action on NBCOlympics.com.
Bob Costas will host NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage, »
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Hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno, three-time Olympian in speed skating, NBC took an in-depth look inside the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday (Feb. 4).
The special started with the athletes in West Hollywood, filming goofy promos and doing photoshoots for NBC's promotional purposes. It then moved to Mary Carillo exploring Russia and Ohno explaining the new sports this year -- the ski halfpipe (men's and women's), ski slopestyle (men's and women's), snowboard slopestyle (men's and women's), snowboard parallel slalom, women's ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, a new figure skating team event and luge team relay.
Check out these sneak peek videos and get ready for Thursday, Feb. 6 when the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off on NBC in primetime and live late Wednesday evening on NBCOlympics.com.
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“I don’t think she is going to be able to travel,” said NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell today of skier Lindsey Vonn joining the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia. However, Vonn could show up on NBC in some form or another, Bell said. “We have been in discussions,” he said of Vonn, who had to drop out of the Games due to a knee injury. When pressed whether she would be on-air, Bell stoically replied “maybe.” Bell also noted during a call with reporters today that he wasn’t worried that the absence of the high-profile Vonn — a gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games and now a pop culture staple — would lead to a lack of viewer interest in U.S. participants. “There are plenty of established stars to go round, like Shaun White,” he said. “And there are always the unknowns. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
14 items from 2014
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