Prior to Monday’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24, former figure skater and “DWTS” champion Kristi Yamaguchi took to Twitter to wish fellow former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan good luck — in the worst way possible.
Hours before Kerrigan took the stage, Yamaguchi tweeted, “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!”
Yes, that’s right. She told Kerrigan, victim of the famous 1994 attack in which she was assaulted with a police-style baton to the knee, to “break a leg.” Just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit that year, a man, who had been paid by Kerrigan’s rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck her on the right knee, injuring her leg. While it ultimately wasn’t broken, Kerrigan’s did suffer cuts, bruises and swelling and walked with a limp.
Of course, Yamaguchi was just employing a common (if ill-fitting for this situation) phrase, but that didn’t stop the internet from freaking out over it.
As of yet, Yamaguchi has not clarified her comment.