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Kerrigan made her debut on Dancing with the Stars on Monday evening

March 22, 2017 06:50 PM


Ahead of the Dancing with the Stars premiere on Monday evening, Kristi Yamaguchi sent her best wishes via Twitter to fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who is competing on season 24 with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev.

“So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS,” Yamaguchi, 45, tweeted early Monday, just hours ahead of the show’s premiere.

Although Yamaguchi, who won the Mirrorball Trophy on season 6 of DWTS, intended to send a heartfelt message to Kerrigan, her word choice caused for a cringe-worthy reaction from Twitter users.

Over two decades ago, Kerrigan, 47, made headlines when she was attacked in January 1994 with a police baton at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit a month before the Winter Olympics.

Following a practice session, the figure skater was the victim of clubbing when Shane Stant took a police baton to her right knee in the hopes of breaking it and sidelining her from the Olympic games. He was hired by skating rival Tonya Harding‘s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and Harding’s bodyguard at the time.

Directly after the attack, Kerrigan was recorded saying, “Why, why, why?” and the incident became known as “The Whack Heard ‘Round the World.

Shortly after Yamaguchi sent her well wishes in the tweet to Kerrigan, Twitter reacted with a flurry of gifs expressing both shock and surprise.

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But Kerrigan didn’t appear to take any offense to Yamaguchi’s tweet and thanked her for the encouragement: “Thank you so much Kristi! I’m excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast!”

In 2018, Kerrigan’s feud with Harding will play out on the big screen. The Harding-Kerrigan spat will be featured in the upcoming Harding biopic, I Tonya; Australian actress Margot Robbie has signed on to portray Harding in the film.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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