What Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Were Really Like in Lillehammer

Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 12, 1992.

Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 12, 1992. | AP photo, Phil Sandlin.

On January 6, 1994, I got the phone call that I was being sent to Detroit. Something about a figure skater being assaulted. I was a reporter at WBBM, the CBS station in Chicago. CBS owned the broadcast rights to the Olympics that year and I assumed that had to be the only reason we were covering this story.

I didn’t know anything about figure skating. I had no idea who Nancy Kerrigan was. By the time my photographer and I got to the Cobo Center, the scene of the crime, there wasn’t time to cover anything. I just stood there in the dark and told the story using the now famous “Why me?” video. We were the only non-Detroit TV station there.

We had to stay overnight in Detroit, but it was difficult to believe this story was going to last much longer than a day. Man, was I wrong.

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Jason Collins Debuts for the Brooklyn Nets, Becoming First Out Man to Play in the NBA

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I dug up:

HISTORY

jason collins netsIt’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Out basketball star Jason Collins signs a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA. He played his first game for them last night in L.A. See a video of that above.

PROGRESS REPORT

Judge rules that gay marriage must start immediately in Chicago. So can we get the same ruling in Philadelphia?

PROGRESS IN THE WORKS

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill that would ban gay conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

More headlines after the jump

Is There Any Reason to Watch the Sixers the Rest of the Season?

Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is defended by Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

Tuesday night, the Sixers gave out “Together We Build” blueprints to the 372 fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center. The next important date in the 76ers’ rebuild? Early season ticket renewals for fans!

The team lied, though, as the next big day was the trade deadline on Thursday. Yesterday, the Sixers swung four trades, acquiring five players and five second-round draft picks in exchange for Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen and a second-round pick.

What the heck is going on?

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Phils Add A.J. Burnett, But Hamels to Miss Opening Day

A.J. Burnett. Photo | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Burnett. Photo | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

NJ.com reports: “After weeks of speculation, it looks like the Phillies have indeed come to an agreement with free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. According to Jim Salisbury of Comcast SportsNet, the Phillies and Burnett have agreed on a one-year deal with Burnett. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million, according to Hayden Balgavy of THV11 in Arkansas. Balgavy was the first to report the signing.”

But…..
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Sixers Lose by 45 to Team Wearing T-Shirts

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Of all the franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers are historically the worst. (They’re kind of like the Phillies of basketball.) Of all the NBA teams, only the 10-year-old Charlotte Bobcats have a worse winning percentage. This is a franchise where notoriously penny-pinching owner Donald Sterling once held a Black History Month event in March. The team has won 1 division title and been to the playoffs only 9 times.

Anyway, the Clippers’ biggest win in franchise history is now over the Sixers.

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Confessions of an Olympics 2014 Junkie

Sage Kotsenburg (USA) reacts after his first run of men's slopestyle finals at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Photo | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sage Kotsenburg (USA) reacts after his first run of men’s slopestyle finals at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Photo | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I had a hard time tearing myself away to write this. The German and Russian women’s ice hockey teams are facing off in the living room downstairs. Normally, ice hockey leaves me cold — I never watch the Flyers. But every four years, I clear my slate for ice hockey — men’s and women’s — and curling, and biathlon, and Alpine skiing, and all sorts of other obscure wintry goings-on. It’s time for the Olympics! And I love the Olympics more than I can say. Read more »

Johnny Weir on Fooling Around in the Olympic Village and Being Gay in Sochi

Before this year, I thought Sochi was a kind of Japanese ice cream. Where is it, exactly?
Sochi is a beautiful resort town that was made famous by Stalin and the elite from the Soviet Party. It’s on the Black Sea. When I tell people I’m going to Russia, they say, “Oh my God, you’re going to freeze to death.” First of all, I have furs. But second of all, Sochi enjoys a really temperate climate.

Now that you’ve retired and reigning Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek has dropped out, I have no idea who is competing. The people most likely to be on that medal stand?
You’re looking at Canadian Patrick Chan. He’s the reigning world champion going into this Olympics, and he’s skating very well. He set world records last year and then had them beaten by Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who I believe is 18 [ed: 19, but close enough] and is just a phenom. I actually designed his costume for the free program.

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