Did you think you'd be experiencing a drama-free, pleasant Sunday night with the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi? Well, it appears you were wrong.
NBC will premiere Nancy & Tonya, a one-hour documentary, on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET prior to the Closing Ceremony. It will feature separate interviews with both Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. This will mark the first time both have sat down for interviews on the subject of the attack by Kerrigan's husband and bodyguard on Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
This being the 20th anniversary of the attack and then their performances at the Winter Olympics in Lilehammer, Norway -- watched by 126 million viewers on CBS -- there has already been an attempt to get the two together for a documentary subject. ESPN's 30 for 30, The Price of Gold, was not able to book Kerrigan. Kerrigan is contributing as an analyst and correspondent to NBC's coverage of the Sochi Games.
Many of the key players and commentators on the event also participated in the documentary, which features practice and competition footage to go along with present-day and archival interviews. Both Kerrigan and Harding's coaches, as well as then-CBS commentator Scott Hamilton, USA Today's Christine Brennan, Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune and news anchor Connie Chung.
Well, this ought to be an interesting watch, and interesting to see if the nostalgia is still there from a ratings perspective. Our review of The Price of Gold was positive, but reserved, so we'll see if NBC can do any better. Especially with both of the major figures participating, that should be attainable.
"This will mark the first time both have sat down for interviews on the
subject of the attack by Kerrigan's husband and bodyguard on Kerrigan at
the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships." - Hardings husband buddy.