(Oh, by the way...she's assuming you have read Abigail Phelps and Scenes From Highland Falls. Several things are referenced as if you will know what she's talking about. In case you don't know what she's talking about...CLICK HERE. I've posted an excerpt to help you along as you journey through Abby World.)
"What are you talking about?" you may be thinking. Right now, 20 years later, you remember my "triumphant return" to the sport, right? Well, hit rewind from the moments on the podium. I was an American actress who had retired from skating long ago. Oscar nominations were more frequent than gold medals (or any medals!) in those days. So, 1994 comes along, and suddenly I was returning to the ice. Yay! Comeback story! So, again...where's the controversy? Well, I was going to compete in pairs for the United States with my Russian husband who, if you recall, had previously won a gold medal with me. But in 1988 we had represented the Soviet Union. Okay...just minor controversy there. But don't forget, I was also competing with Chris in ice dance, representing Great Britain. Yep. U.S.A. and Great Britain in the same year. A little more harmless controversy. But oh yeah, what about the fact that Chris had just gotten a divorce from Isabelle Duchesnay, and she was telling the world that Chris and I were having an affair (We weren't! At least not then...), but he was actually dating former Olympian Jill Trenary. And of course, you all didn't know it at the time, but you do after reading my books...there was a bit of a scandal occurring in regards to the paternity of my daughter. And did I mention JFK Jr. was dating Daryl Hannah but in love with me at the time? Yeah. Nancy and Tonya weren't my top priority.
I talk in the book about corridor memories. Sergei, Chris, Jill, and I were backstage in Detroit when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked. I mean, we weren't right backstage - we didn't see it happen or anything - but we were in the vicinity. As awful as it is to say, Sergei and I definitely benefited from the attention being taken off of us and placed onto Nancy. We went on to win our first (only) U.S. Championship there in Detroit. And from there we went on to win Olympic gold. And it was like no one even cared anymore. We went from being the headline to the second section on page 8B faster than you can say lead pipe. It was Chris who pointed that out to be, there in the corridor just off the ice in Detroit. That's just one of the many memories I have associated with ice arena corridors.