Olympian Nancy Kerrigan to headline Ice Dreams Tour at Mennen Arena

Nancy Kerrigan vaguely remembers the last time she skated in Morristown. Whether it’s Mennen Arena or not, the two-time Olympian wasn’t sure. But she said, “I’ll know as soon as I walk through the door.”

Kerrigan is the headliner of the Ice Dreams tour, which opens in Mennen on Friday. The cast includes fellow Olympians, like 2022 U.S. pair Timothy LeDuc and Ashley Cain-Gribble, and bronze medalist Gracie Gold.

Kerrigan, a 52-year-old mother of three, ignored generational differences.

“I did the same thing they did: train and live in a cooler, day in and day out,” she said via Zoom from her home in Massachusetts. “We grew up doing the same things. We have a lot in common. … They don’t need me, because they’re good on their own. It’s so great to be together with them. It invigorates me prepare and work hard.”

Local skaters of all ages can sign up and pay to take part in what event organizer Tara Modlin-Maurizi called “a massive group act” during the show. They will meet the stars in training on Thursday in Mennen, as well as a one-hour seminar before the performance.

One of the local stars who will skate in Mennen, Sasha Fakhroutdinov, once appeared in a similar group act 20 years ago. Fakhroutdinov grew up skating at Ice House in Hackensack. She and her dating partner, Danny Neudecker, recently moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan brought her elegant ice staking to the Municipal Auditorium on May 11, 1995, as part of the 1995 Campbell's Soups Tour of World Champions. The sold-out show included performances renowned skaters Brian Boitano, Oksana Baiul and Elvis Stojko.

A member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Kerrigan won bronze at the 1992 Winter Olympics and silver in 1994. But she’s probably best known for being hit in the knee by an assailant hired by the former husband of rival Tonya Harding before the 1994 Nationals.

The attack was portrayed in the 2017 film, “I, Tonya.” Kerrigan was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” that year.

Kerrigan recently starred in “Holiday Spectacular on Ice” with gold and four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott. The current tour aspires to provide one million meals to those in need through Feeding America.

“There’s so much going on in the world. We all need entertainment to escape this,” Kerrigan said. “We all need two hours to put it away, stop watching the news, because then we come back to it. We need that escape once in a while to enjoy life.”

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