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I’m happy to report the Remember the Time blog hop is back and this week’s theme is big iconic news (and how it affected you).  Link up HERE or HERE to add your own post or to read the other entries!

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I’ve mentioned before that my memory is pretty pathetic, which makes the Remember the Time blog hop even more fun for me because it forces me to enter the recesses of my mind and pull out some trinkets I’d otherwise forgotten about.

The first major events that crossed my mind were these two:

I was a senior in high school when 9/11 happened.  I couldn’t tell you which class it was or who I was sitting by but every TV in the school was on and we all watched with rapt focus.  It was a chilling, scary, and bizarre day that I’ll never forget.

I was driving in a car listening to Michael Jackson song after Michael Jackson song during a long commute.  I immediately thought the worst and sure enough, the radio host confirmed that Michael Jackson had died that day.  A legend was gone.

In an effort to avoid going too deep with today’s post I’ve decided to discuss the fist major nationwide scandal I can remember.  Figure skaters Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan and the case of the bum knee.

Harding and Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics (Andreas Altwein/AP Images)

Harding and Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics (Andreas Altwein/AP Images)

The year was 1994.  I was a quiet, book-reading, figure-skate watching ten-year-old.  Nancy Kerrigan was leaving the ice rink after a routine practice when a man holding a blunt object hit her right knee before running off.  The aftermath was caught on film and the cries of Nancy’s, “why, why, why,” rang in everyone’s ears, including mine.

Nancy was too injured to compete at the U.S. Championships due to the incident which left room for her biggest competition, Tonya Harding, to win.  It turned out that Tonya’s ex-husband and bodyguard were behind the assault and Harding later “plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.”

But I didn’t know any of this legal mumbo jumbo at the time, in fact I barely knew what was going on at all because I surely didn’t grow up watching the evening news with my parents so any information I had was second-hand.  In my eyes the blonde figure-skater was in big trouble for hurting the brunette figure-skater.  I remember feeling sorry for them both and thinking how crazy it was that two women were involved in such a popular news story.  (Crazy, huh?)  I was really shocked that everyone was so angry at this young, innocent looking girl.  I was totally naive to most of the horrors in life at that age and couldn’t understand why anyone would “sabotage” another person.

I also remember lots of crying.

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Eventually I grew really angry with Tonya and protective of Nancy.  I loved watching ice skaters, they were so graceful in a way I never was, and I remember thinking it was very sad how Nancy had to take a break from skating when it was her life-long dream.  Within a year’s time I fell in love with the theatre and discovered what it’s like to have a passion for something that you can’t live without.  Looking back, I feel even more empathetic to Nancy’s emotional reaction after her leg was hit.  How devastating.

I will always look fondly on this scandal as the first one I really cared about.  Aww!  I kid, I mean, this isn’t something one should make light of, it’s a serious part of our nation’s history.

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Do YOU remember how you felt when this figure-skating whack-job happened?  For folks in the UK, did anyone care about this at all across the pond?

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11 Responses to “Two Weepy Girls Makes For My Favorite Kind of Scandal”

  1. Sara Michelle

    I think we were seniors when 9/11 happened because mr. H helped to make sense of the whys we had in senior social class, and then my dp group left to go get ice cream because we had enough drama by the end of the day. Just saying’ 🙂

    Do you remember the E and C drama we cooked up?! Scandalous!

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    • Stephanie

      Ahh, thanks for the info, it’s corrected! Man, DP! I’m still bitter about how I didn’t get in that, ha. Is this about high school friends drama? We probably cooked up a lot, most of which I can’t remember now!

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  2. JennyinAZ

    I remember this happening, but I don’t remember how my emotions were. The first big thing I really remember was the OJ Simpson car chase. It interrupted whatever tv show I was watching and was on every single channel LOL And of course I remember just about everything from 9/11 and I remember the day MJ died.

    The biggest/scariest thing that happened when I was in high school was Columbine. (I was out of hs for 9/11). That was a really scary time. We had bomb threats of our own and our teachers locked their doors during class and had paper over the window in the door. And I went to high school in a really nice area, so this was huge.

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    • Stephanie

      Yes, absolutely, Columbine was a huge/tragic event that I will never forget as well. Definitely a scary time. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Kelly

    Ah yea…all the crying. And after the fact when Tonya blew it anyway and then cried about something being wrong with her skate. Talk about “Drama Happens” 🙂 You had to be Team Nancy all the way. There really just wasn’t any other option.

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    • Stephanie

      AHH yes I remember that, Tonya trying to blame it on her skates, haha. It was a pretty dramatic situation, but yea Team Nancy all the way!

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  4. Deanna

    Haha! I remember this too but I was 17 in 1994. I remember thinking even then that I can’t believe what people will do to one another. Good choice for RTT!

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  5. The Waiting

    I vividly remember sitting at a Red Lobster with my family when I was like 12 and talking passionately about the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan debacle. And then my fried shrimp came out and all conversations of current events was finito. BECAUSE SHRIMP.

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  6. V.E.G.

    While Nancy Kerrigan’s father died, one Harding from Colorado passed away, here is the kicker: Nancy Kerrigan will compete in the dancing show, one Harding’s brother from Colorado died of a heart attack.

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