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KERRIGAN SUFFERS ANOTHER ON-CAMERA SLIP
Published November 11, 1994
Several sports media columnists picked up on comments made by Nancy Kerrigan into the camera after her performance during the first installment of CBS's "Ice Wars: The USA vs. The World" on Wednesday night. In Boston, Jack Craig & Jim Greenidge report, "Once again, the television camera has proven an adversary rather than an ally" of Kerrigan. After her routine Wednesday, Kerrigan returned to her teammates, sat down and noticed that CBS was replaying her missed jumps. Then looking directly into the camera, she said: "You probably just loved that." Craig & Greenidge note that she was smiling, "but it would not be described as a warm smile." Dewey Blanton, VP of Public Relations for ProServ, the firm that represents Kerrigan: "She's an athlete; she wanted to do well. She was very disappointed she didn't help her teammates. She was blowing off some steam" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/11). The headline over BOSTON HERALD TV columnist Jim Baker's piece this morning: "Kerrigan still complaining" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/11). Rudy Martzke reports Kerrigan told her teammates, "I'm sorry. I sucked." CBS Sports Senior VP Rick Gentile: "People are ready to pounce on Nancy too quickly" (USA TODAY, 11/11). MORE ATTENTION: During the intermission of Saturday's conclusion of "Ice Wars," CBS will run a 10-minute segment on Kerrigan's Olympic and post-Olympic experience. The feature will focus on the "closeness of the judging" that gave the gold medal to Oksana Baiul, and ignore the recent controversy over Kerrigan's relationship with her agent, ProServ President Jerry Solomon. "Ice Wars" producer David Winner: "We give her her day in court. Who the skaters are sleeping with isn't the show's province" (Steve Nidetz, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/11). The feature also examines whether Kerrigan has received a "raw deal" from the media. CBS announcer Verne Lundquist, referring to CBS picking offhand comments made by Kerrigan during the '94 medal ceremony: "We offered Nancy a chance, hopefully, to put in some context what happened and what was going on. That may have been the one error we (CBS) made during the (Olympic) coverage" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 11/11). Solomon appears in the feature "and concedes it was a mistake for her to leave the Olympic village for Disney World before the games ended" (Craig & Greenidge, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/11).