Eight Years Ago In TIME

Last week's U.S. Figure Skating Championships lacked the backstage drama of the same event in 1994, when Nancy Kerrigan was bashed in the knees and rival TONYA HARDING was implicated in the strange attack--a story that threatened to overshadow the skating as the Olympics loomed.

The Jan. 6 attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan was shocking and chilling enough. But when the rumblings began that Harding or her entourage might somehow be involved, a grimly familiar tale of random violence turned into something far more gothic. Even people without the faintest interest in the crystalline world of figure skating could not help...

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