The Attack On Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
In a sad twist of irony, the figure skating events set to take place in the 1994 Winter Olympics got a massive boost in interest from an otherwise casual viewing audience, thanks to a scandal that took place well prior to the events in Lillehammer. A day prior to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship that year, an assailant struck Kerrigan, who was just coming off the ice after practicing, with the intent to severely damage her right leg.
After the FBI stepped into the investigation, they found that rival figure skater Tonya Harding had some connection to the incident; she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. Harding was stripped of the 1994 U.S. Championship title and banned for life from participating in US Figure Skating Association events as either a competitor or coach. Meanwhile, Kerrigan would still go on to win the Silver Medal in the ensuing Olympics.