The Associated Press is offering a feature package on the 20-year anniversary of the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding skating controversy on Monday. There will be three stories sent in advance. The stories, with photos, can run separately or in a package. Digest lines are below:
FIG--TONYA AND NANCY -THE IMPACT
It's been nearly 20 years since Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed after practice in Detroit by a member of a bumbling goon squad hired by Tonya Harding's ex-husband with the hope of eliminating his former wife's top competition for the U.S. Olympic team. The assault led to a soap opera that practically created tabloid television journalism, taking what had for decades been a niche sport and putting it squarely into the media mainstream. By Barry Wilner.
FIG--TONYA AND NANCY-THE TOURS
The ice show must go on — anywhere you can find a rink. Even as Kerrigan and Harding were competing at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, with the figure skating scandal in full bloom, tour promoters and arena managers were making deals. And more deals. By Barry Wilner.
FIG--TONYA AND NANCY-TV
''Skating with the Stars." ''Battle of the Sexes on Ice." ''Ice Wars." Those made-for-television shows — and plenty others — filled air time as figure skating became must-see-TV following the Tonya-Nancy scandal. Taking note of the incredible ratings, the networks clamored for more. By Barry Wilner.