Originally aired on: NBC
Mary Carillo looks back at the events leading up to, during and following the ladies’ figure skating competition at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in the one-hour special, “Nancy & Tonya.” The documentary, which originally aired during NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage, features an exclusive sit-down with Nancy Kerrigan and a one-on-one interview with Tonya Harding.
One of the most dramatic episodes in Winter Olympics history, the three-hour telecast of the 1994 ladies’ figure skating short-program competition was viewed by more than 126 million Americans – ranking as the fourth-most viewed show at that time in U.S. history (according to Nielsen data released by CBS, which televised the event). In addition, the competition earned a 48.5 rating – meaning nearly 50 percent of the country’s television homes were tuned in – a number which has not been matched since by any television program.
The documentary combines present-day and archival interviews, practice and competition footage, and news coverage leading up to and during the 1994 events. In addition to the principals, Nancy & Tonya features interviews with Nancy Kerrigan’s coaches Mary Scotvold and Evy Scotvold, Tonya Harding’s coach Dody Teachman, and four members of the media who covered the 1994 Winter Games — NBC figure skating analyst and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who was in the booth for CBS; USA Today columnist Christine Brennan; Chicago Tribune columnist Philip Hersh; and former CBS Evening News co-anchor Connie Chung.
“I would have chosen a different path, if I could,” Nancy Kerrigan says in the opening of the show. “I would’ve liked to have just done what I had worked so hard for, and not have to be linked like that … as opposed to this horrific act.”