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The Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Museum Finally Exists In Brooklyn

Best friends and comedy writers Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen were six and seven years old when Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked with a baton on behalf of her arch-rival, Tonya Harding, in 1994. The following federal investigation (which would reveal Harding’s then-husband helped plan the attack) was one of the biggest sports stories of the century.

Harkins and Olen weren’t fully aware of the scope of the story until watching the ESPN documentary, The Price of Gold, which humanizes both athletes. Then they were hooked, and surprised how little their peers remembered of the controversial events. “I made out with a 25-year-old and he had no idea what I was talking about,” Olen says. “That really impressed on us the fact that there’s a whole generation that doesn’t remember.” So they opened a museum: