On January 6, 1994, Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked after finishing up practice at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The attacker had used a metal baton and struck her in the knee, after being attended to by employees of the practice facility Kerrigan's father picked up the injured skater and rushed her to the hospital for x rays where she was treated for a cut, some bruising and swelling then released. This came one day before the skater was supposed to take part in the U.S. National Championships and one month before the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Because of the injuries Kerrigan suffered she had to sit out the U.S. National Championships which would be won by her rival and future Olympic teammate Tonya Harding. Within days of the attack a police investigation led to Harding's ex husband Jeff Gilooly who had conspired with his ex wife's bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt to attack Kerrigan. Gilooly and Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to carry out the attack, with Stant bringing in his Uncle Derrick Smith to drive a getaway car. It was a complex scheme that only blew up in the faces of those involved.
With both skaters trying to put the distraction to the side they took to the ice. Kerrigan did well finishing first in her short program, while Harding didn't fair so well coming in tenth. In the long program Harding stopped her routine, in tears because of a shoe string issue with one of her skates, after she fixed the problem her routine resumed and she finished 8th in that portion of the events. Kerrigan once again outdid her rival by finishing second in the long program and bringing home the Silver Medal.
Here is a link to a news story that immediately followed the attack