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Nancy Kerrigan

Nancy Kerrigan is a retired figure skater from the United States. Nancy Kerrigan is the 1992 Olympic Bronze medalist, the 1993 US National Champion, the 1994 Olympic Silver medalist, and a two-time world medalist.

Early Life

Nancy Kerrigan opened her eyes to this world on the 13th of October 1969, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, the United States. She is currently 54 years old and has a zodiac sign of Libra. In addition, her birth name is Nancy Ann Kerrigan and she is a US citizen. She belongs to a mixed ethnicity of English-Irish-German ethnicity.

She was born to her parents; Daniel Kerrigan (father) and Brenda Kerrigan (mother). Her father is a welder while her mother is a homemaker by profession.

In addition, she grew up with her two elder brothers whose names are Michael and Mark. Both brothers are former hockey players. On the other hand, she took an interest in future skating.

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Caption: Nancy Kerrigan with her mother (Source: Instagram)

She did not begin private lessons until she was eight years old and won her first competition, the Boston Open when she was nine years old. Kerrigan’s family was not wealthy. Her father worked three jobs at times to support Nancy’s skating career; he also drove the Zamboni at the local rink in exchange for Nancy’s training.

Nancy Kerrigan – Education

In terms of her academics, she went to Stoneham High School. After completing her high school education, she enrolled at Emmanuel College in Boston and majored in business.

Professional Career

Through her family support, Nancy Kerrigan started her professional career at a young age. She rose to notoriety at the national level after finishing fourth in the junior division at the 1987 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

In 1988, she made her senior debut and finished twelfth. She increased her national ranks over the next two years, finishing fifth in 1989 and fourth in 1990. Moreover, she was still weak in compulsory figures, but they were dropped from contests in 1990. At the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, she was placed in the third position.

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Caption: Nancy Kerrigan performing figure skating tournament (Source: Fandom)

She qualified for the World Figure Skating Championships in 1991, where she took bronze. Moreover, she took bronze in the 1992 Olympics. The next year, she won the US National Championship in 1993. She also won an Olympic silver medal in 1994 and two world medals.


Kerrigan was assaulted with a police baton in January 1994 by an assailant hired by Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and co-conspirator Shawn Eckardt. The incident was dubbed “The Whack Heard Round the World.” She immediately recovered from her knee injury and began her rigorous training. She went on to win a silver medal at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994 at the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre.

Following the incident, she was forced to withdraw from the national championship. Despite this setback, she was chosen for the Olympic team. She had extensive training and won the silver medal in the ‘Lillehammer Winter Olympics’ in 1994. Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal. The two contenders were locked in a close battle. Almost immediately, a dispute erupted over the German justice’s prejudiced judgment.

Post Career

She retired from competitive skating after winning the ‘Winter Olympics’ in 1994. Moreover, she did take part in a few events, including the ‘Ice Wars.’ She also appeared in other ice performances, including ‘Champions on Ice’ and ‘Broadway on Ice.’ She also appeared in an ice show based on the musical ‘Footloose.’

In 1994, she hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Later, she hosted a show called ‘Nancy Kerrigan’s World of Skating’ on ‘The Comcast Network’ in 2005. In 2006, she starred on the ‘Fox’ reality show ‘Skating with Celebrities.’ She made a cameo appearance in the 2007 comedy film ‘Blades of Glory.’ It was based on the lives of ice athletes.

During the ‘Winter Olympics’ in 2010, Kerrigan worked as a special correspondent for the news program Entertainment Tonight. Moreover, she published the book ‘Artistry on Ice,’ which described advanced figure skating skills. In 2017, she competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” In the seventh week, she was kicked out of the competition.


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Caption: Nancy Kerrigan of the USA participates in the awards news photo (Source: Women’s Health)

This former skater was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2008, Kerrigan was also honored at Ice Theatre of New York’s annual benefit gala.

Nancy Kerrigan – Net Worth 2024

This former American figure skater’s net worth is estimated at around $10 million while her actual salary, earnings, and other assets are yet unknown at the moment. Likewise, she has managed to a good fortune through her figure skating career and other several works.

Relationship Status

On the 9th of September 1995, Nancy Kerrigan married her former agent, Jerry Solomon. With the marriage, the couple has three children Matthew Eric Solomon, Nicole Elizabeth Solomon, and Brian Solomon.

Additionally, the couple has been together for over two decades and there is no sign of their separation.

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Caption: Nancy Kerrigan with her family (Source: The Today Show)

There are currently no speculations about her private or professional life. Further, she has been a straight person throughout her life, for which she has not been involved in any issue.

Body Measurements

Kerrigan stands 5 feet 4 inches tall (1.63 m) and weighs around 55 kg. Moreover, she has a pair of dark brown hair with hazel eyes color and her body measurement measures 34-25-35 inches. In addition, she wears a shoe size of 8 US and a dress size of 6 US.

Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@nancyakerrigan’ there are over 32.7k followers. Likewise, there are over 8.1k followers on her Twitter page ‘@NancyAKerrigan’ and over 3.4k followers on her Facebook page.