I spent the past two days in Portland, on a super-secret mission that I hope to tell you about sometime soon. In the meantime, though, I wanted to share this video that I shot of my old friend Dave Miller and I talking this morning, over breakfast. [I stayed with Dave and his family while I was in Portland.] For those of you who might not be inclined to watch this, as it features two relatively uninteresting middle-aged men consuming savory salami handpies on a relatively quiet street, I should mention that our conversation revolves around the tabloidtastic 1994 attack of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. As you’ll recall, Kerrigan was attacked with a billy club as she exited Detroit’s Cobo Hall by Shane Stant, a man hired by Kerrigan’s Olympic rival, Tanya Harding, and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. His task, as outlined on a napkin in a seedy Portland watering hole, was to break the kneecaps of the beloved ice skater.
It’s worth noting that Kerrigan’s knee was not, in fact, broken, but just severely bruised. She went on to win a silver medal in the Lillehammer games, while Harding finished eighth. Harding has since gone on to have an illustrious career in novelty boxing.
[note: As I learned while on this trip, there’s now a rock opera based upon the relationship between Kerrigan and Harding.]
update: As it’s been pointed out in the comments section, the plans for kneecapping Nancy Kerrigan were likely not drawn up at the Dockside, over beers, as Dave suggests. It sounds as though the plans were merely left in a bag outside the bar’s dumpster, where they were found by an employee.