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Figure Skating

Back in the 1990's a rivalry was heating up between three equally talented young ladies whose sole desire was to be the best figure skater on ice that the world had ever known. They competed against each other in every major competition, but the results never seemed to change, unless one of them fell on a jump, stumbled on the turns, or slipped out of a rotation. None of it changed, that is until one figure skater's boyfriend attacked another skater. He used a crow bar to hit her on the knee. The damage was so horrible; she could not skate for a few years, let alone complete the competition. At the time, the assailant was not linked to the other skater because he fled and was not caught by police until a few days later.

Sadly, the rivalry was put to rest that day by a decision that would haunt all parties involved to this day. The third skater was not injured in the attack, but she went on to secure her place in the Winter Olympics of that era for the United States team. These three skaters were Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding. Although Harding insisted that she was innocent in the attack on Kerrigan, she was banned for life from the skating world and has rarely been seen since. Kerrigan had a long road to recovery after her knee was damaged. Yamaguchi went on to do well in the Olympics and still remains a prominent figure skater today.

Figure skating was not always this brutal or competitive. It began in the middle of the 17th century with a group of Scottish skaters who began their own skating club, which was the first of its kind. Not much is known about this club, but it gave birth to other clubs that focused on figure skating. America's first figure skating club was formed in 1849 and was named Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society.

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