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Newsmaker: Nancy Kerrigan

U.S. Olympic silver medalist figure skater Nancy Kerrigan recently recorded a song for a Tina Turner tribute album to be released in June.

Early years: Kerrigan was born Oct. 13, 1969, in Woburn, Mass. She began skating when she was 6 years old, and won her first medal at the Boston Open when she was 9. She graduated from Stoneham (Mass.) High School in 1987. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston in 1989 with a degree in business.

Career: In 1991 Kerrigan won a spot on the World Team by winning the bronze medal at U.S. Nationals. She went on to place third at the World Championship. In 1992 she won silver medals at the U.S. Nationals and World Championships. Kerrigan won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics. In 1993, Kerrigan won her first national title. She was clubbed on the knee before the 1994 U.S. Skating Championships and was unable to compete, but was still given a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She went on to win the silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. She has since performed with the Ice Capades, Champions on Ice and other groups. She can currently be seen in the figure skating show “Dreams on Ice.” She established the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation to support the vision impaired in honor of her mother, Brenda, who is legally blind.

Family: Kerrigan married her agent Jerry Solomon in 1995. They have a

7-year-old son, Matthew.

In her words: “Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.”

Web link: www.nancyfans.com

Sources: www.womenshistory.about.com, www.infoplease.com, www.figure-skating.com, www.ibaawards.com/2002

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