Nancy Kerrigan is a renowned American Olympic figure skater who has branched into the acting industry. She has had a lot of success in her skating career. Kerrigan faced a hitman attack organized by her rival’s ex-husband which left her badly injured on the knee. Regardless, she managed to keep soaring and has earned herself a good amount of wealth. This piece looks at the net worth of Nancy Kerrigan in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Nancy Kerrigan was born on 13th October. The year was 1969 while the place was Stoneham Massachusetts. She is the youngest in the family and only daughter to Daniel Kerrigan who was a welder and Brenda Kerrigan, a homemaker. Kerrigan is of English, Irish and German ancestry.
At age six, she took up figure skating while her brothers Michael and Mark played hockey. Kerrigan started private skating lessons when she was eight years old. When she was nine, she won her first competition at the Boston Open.
Her elevating success in skating was quite expensive as her family was of modest means. Her father would work three jobs to fund her skating aspirations. He also drove the ice resurfacer in exchange for his daughter’s lessons at the local rink.
Theresa Martin coached Kerrigan until she was 16 years. She then began working with Evy and Mary Scotvold whom she maintained as her coaches during the rest of her career in competitive skating. Prior to that, she had worked with Denise Morrissey for a brief period of time.
She attended Stoneham High School and enrolled in Emmanuel College upon graduating from high school. While in college she majored in business.
One year after she retired, Nancy Kerrigan exchanged vows with her agent, Jerry Solomon. Jerry had been in three marriages before that and had a son from his second marriage. Nancy and Jerry have three children together. Kerrigan has however admitted publicly to have suffered six miscarriages in the process of having her three children. The complications also put a strain on her marriage for some time.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Kerrigan rose to prominence at the national level when she landed the fourth position at the 1987 U.S. Figure Skating Championships’ junior level. In the same year, Nancy qualified for the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships and won a bronze medal. Kerrigan went ahead to participate in the 1992 Winter Olympics and earned the silver medal at the World Championships.
She faced a horrific setback in her career in January 1994 when she was hit with a collapsible baton at the U.S Figure Skating Championships in Detroit Michigan. The attack left her knee badly injured. Her attacker, Shane Stant, had been hired by Jeff Gillooly, who is the ex-husband to Kerrigan’s rival skater, Tonya Harding.
Kerrigan, however, proved her strength and shamed her critics when she made a comeback after the attack. She won the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics by finishing in second place to Oksana Baiul by only 0.1 points.
Net Worth & Earnings
The phenomenal figure skater has a net worth estimated to be at $9 million. She has earned her fortune from being a professional figure skater and competing severally in the Olympics. Kerrigan has also signed some endorsement deals have earned her quite a good amount. She has also represented brands like Evlan and Reebok.
Nancy Kerrigan has built her legacy as one of the few people to be prominent Figure Skaters. Her titles and accolades are evidence to her success. She followed her dreams passionately from an early age, and all this has resulted in a success story that is celebrated.