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The Top 7 Olympic Rivalries

Friendly competition is one thing, but these Olympic-grade, tabloid-worthy rivalries take things to a whole new level.
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding

The Rivalry: Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding had skated together on the U.S. team for years, but it was obvious each wanted gold, especially as time progressed and Harding's career became marked by increasingly more blunders -- typically involving a wardrobe malfunction that would stop her mid-performance.

The Tipping Point: At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which was held less than two months before the Winter Games, an attacker clubbed Kerrigan's knee in the women's locker room with a metal baton, preventing her from skating. It turned out the attack had been planned by Harding's ex-husband and her bodyguard. Kerrigan, who had largely recovered by the Games, finished second. Harding, who was inexplicably allowed to compete, fell during her routine and missed her chance at a medal. For her involvement in the attack, she was later fined, sentenced to probation and community service, and the USFSA not only stripped her of her prior Championship medals, but also banned her from future competition.

The Winner: Kerrigan, no doubt. Not to rub salt in the wound, but Harding did also later make a sex tape.