'Why? It Hurts So Bad. Why Me?'

A vicious attack on an Olympic figure-skating hopeful raises fresh concerns about the safety of all athletes

The attack was sudden, the aftermath wrenching -- a lovely young woman brought low, down on the floor, screaming and crying out, "Why? Why? It hurts so much. Why me?" Nancy Kerrigan, 24, the most accomplished and graceful of the current crop of U.S. figure skaters, had just finished a practice session for last week's national championships in Detroit, when a man approached her from behind. Wordlessly, without warning, he delivered a violent blow to her right leg with a clublike object. Some witnesses thought it was a crowbar, others a baseball bat. No one knows for sure because the assailant...

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