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NBC adds Kerrigan to Olympics team

Posted: 01/8/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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NEW YORK — Nancy Kerrigan will work for NBC during during the Sochi Olympics, 20 years after she was the story of the 1994 Games because of the rivalry with Tonya Harding that turned violent.

The network said Tuesday that the two-time figure skating medallist will contribute to figure skating coverage as an analyst. She will also make appearances on the Today show and Access Hollywood. She will not be doing colour commentary on the competitions.

NBC is also planning a 45-minute report about the attack on Kerrigan before the Lillehammer Olympics by associates of Harding, one of the few times Kerrigan has spoken publicly about it. The network hasn't said when that will air.

The incident and its aftermath "was the beginning of reality television," said NBC correspondent Mary Carillo, who worked with Kerrigan on the special.

"It's not something you celebrate, being attacked," said Kerrigan. She was initially reluctant to take part in the feature but trusted she would be treated fairly and wanted to give her perspective on the events.

Kerrigan worked for Entertainment Tonight during the last two Winter Olympics. Since that show isn't affiliated with Olympics broadcast rights holder NBC, her access to events was limited.

NBC approached her about a broadcast role at the Games last summer.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 8, 2014 0

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