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On January 6, 1994 (1994-01-06), one day before the U. S. Figure Skating Championship first Ladies' Singles competition, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked in a corridor after a practice session at the Detroit Cobo Arena. The immediate aftermath of the attack was recorded on a news camera and broadcast around the world. The assailant was Shane Stant, contracted to break her right leg; he turned himself in to Phoenix FBI on January 14. Stant and his uncle, Derrick Smith, were hired for this assault by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her one-time bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt. [41] After failing to find Kerrigan in Massachusetts, Stant had taken a 20-hour bus trip to Detroit. [42] Nancy Kerrigan was walking behind a curtain when Stant rushed behind her. Using both hands, he then swung a 21 in (53 cm) ASP telescopic baton at her right leg, striking her above the knee. The intent of the attack was to seriously injure Kerrigan so that she would be unable to compete in both the National Championships (Kerrigan was the defending 1993 Champion) and the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan's leg was not broken but severely bruised, forcing her to withdraw from the Championships and forgo competing to retain the U. S. Ladies' title. [43] On January 8, Harding won the U. S. title; she and Kerrigan were then both selected for the 1994 Olympic team. [44]



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