Everyone needs to calm down, because Nancy Kerrigan responded to Kristi Yamaguchi and she's so not mad about her now famous tweet. A brief refresher: Before the Dancing With the Stars Season 24 premiere, Yamaguchi sent Kerrigan a good luck tweet. However, she didn't use the best choice of words, as she wrote, "So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!" Her tweet blew up on the internet and caused quite the reaction, because "break a leg" might have not been the best phrase to use.
For those unaware, or who are too young to remember, before the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee by a man who was associated with the ex-husband of Kerrigan's competition and another Olympic hopeful, Tonya Harding. Kerrigan recovered and even made the 1994 U.S. Olympic figure skating team. Harding also did, as she had not yet been found connected to the attack made against Kerrigan. Eventually, she was banned from competing in U.S. Figure Skating. According to the New York Times, Harding later "pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan and was placed on three years' probation and fined $160,000."
So, you may be wondering, "Why would Yamaguchi say such a thing?" Well, since "break a leg" is a common phrase used to wish someone good luck, I'm pretty sure she didn't even think about how it would come off.
Many have now equated Yamaguchi's "break a leg" remark with Kerrigan's knee getting clubbed, but clearly Kerrigan didn't take it that way. "Thank you so much Kristi!" she responded. "I'm excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast!"
As you can see, there are a few grammatical errors in her tweet, which Kerrigan noticed. She again wrote to Yamaguchi, who is also known for her successful years as a figure skater and even won DWTS Season 6, in attempt to clear up any confusion. "Just was looking at this, I am adjusting to new contacts...#oops! Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for the advise [sic]! It definitely is helping!"
Thank you so much Kristi! I'm excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast! https://t.co/MMagD7gLgw— Nancy Kerrigan (@NancyAKerrigan) March 20, 2017
Whether or not Kerrigan connected what Yamaguchi wrote her to the awful ordeal she went through over 20 years ago or if she saw people's comments about the tweet remains unclear, but even if she did, it didn't bother her. She welcomed Yamaguchi's words and is thankful for the DWTS advice she's given her.
Now everyone can finally relax in knowing that all is good with Kerrigan and Yamaguchi.