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Nancy Kerrigan details eating issues before 1994 Olympics

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Nancy Kerrigan is making a documentary about eating disorders in sports, and she has her own story to tell on the subject.

“A lot of times people see it as something that they can control, but, frankly, the eating disorder starts to control you,” Kerrigan said in a People magazine video interview published Wednesday. “I mean, that happened to me, to some degree, after I was attacked [before the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships]. I’m being followed around by cars and the media and everything. I didn’t realize what I was doing. I mean, I lost a whole bunch of weight.”

Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg in an attack orchestrated by the ex-husband of American rival Tonya Harding. She came back to win silver at the Lillehammer Olympics seven weeks later.

Kerrigan retired from competitive skating after those Winter Games, started a family with three kids and is currently competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” She is also the executive producer of an upcoming documentary, “Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds?” about athletes’ eating disorders.

Kerrigan said she didn’t eat enough in the period between her attack and competing in Lillehammer.

“It was so busy that I didn’t actually realize I wasn’t eating for quite some time, and then my weight started dropping because I couldn’t skate because I couldn’t walk,” she said in a radio interview last year. “So I was training in the water. In doing so, you lose and burn so much more than even when you’re training on land that my weight started dropping off, and I wasn’t eating enough to sustain how much work I was doing.”

Kerrigan said those around her, including her mom, told her that she looked too thin and needed to eat more. She received the most support from her then-manager and future husband, Jerry Solomon.

Solomon ate meals with Kerrigan at the Olympics and encouraged her to eat two more bites, according to People.

“I was afraid, after all I had been through, I didn’t want someone else to get in the way of what I worked so hard for, and I didn’t want to get in the way,” Kerrigan said in the 2016 radio interview. “So I started to eat a little bit more so I wouldn’t be weak at the time of the championships.”

Kerrigan said she avoided food because it was one of the few things in her life she could control during the tumultuous time, according to People.

“I just started shrinking,” she said, according to the magazine. “I’d put on makeup differently to sort of hide that I was wasting away. Strangers would say, ‘Oh, that’s not enough food on your plate.'”

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Alina Zagitova eyes more gold at worlds; women’s preview

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Alina Zagitova hasn’t lost internationally in 18 months, and that doesn’t figure to change this week at the world championships in Milan.

The 15-year-old Russian is favored to become the youngest world gold medalist since Tara Lipinski (duplicating her feat from the Olympics) and make it five straight Olympic or world titles for Russian women, the longest streak for one country since American Carol Heiss won six straight Olympic/world titles from 1956 through 1960.

Zagitova would also become the first Olympic women’s champion to win worlds the following month since Kristi Yamaguchi in 1992. That’s largely because Olympic champions usually skip worlds in Olympic years. Since Yamaguchi, the only one to compete was Yuna Kim, who grabbed silver in 2010.

Zagitova may be young, but she may not have the longevity of Kim to make it to a second Olympics. Russia turns over a new class of elite women’s skaters every year.

Two weeks ago, 13-year-old Alexandra Trusova won the world junior title as the first woman to land two different quadruple jumps in one program. Trusova isn’t old enough to compete at the senior worlds until 2020.

Zagitova’s current rival and training partner, Olympic silver medalist and 2016 and 2017 World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva, withdrew from worlds due to injury.

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Which leaves the last two Olympic bronze medalists, Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada and Carolina Kostner of Italy, plus PyeongChang fourth-place finisher Satoko Miyahara of Japan as the top challengers this week.

None finished within seven points of Zagitova at any competition this season, the Russian’s first on the senior international level.

Zagitova set herself apart at the Olympics by putting all of her jumps in the second half of her programs for 10 percent bonuses and landing them all with positive grades of execution.

The U.S. contingent includes national champion Bradie Tennell, two-time Olympian Mirai Nagasu and Mariah Bell (replacement for 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen).

It is the end of a challenging season for U.S. women. In the autumn, none qualified for the Grand Prix Final for a second straight year (after at least one had done so each of the previous seven seasons).

In PyeongChang, no U.S. woman finished in the top six for the first time in Winter Games history. Tennell, who emerged this season after placing ninth at 2017 Nationals, was the top U.S. Olympic finisher in ninth.

Tennell goes into worlds as the top seeded American — seventh — by best international scores this season.

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Olympic golf qualifying, format largely unchanged for 2020

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournaments qualifying and format will remain largely the same as they were for the sport’s return to the Games in 2016, according to Golf Channel, citing a memo sent to PGA Tour players.

The format will again be four rounds of stroke play with 60 men and 60 women taken from the world rankings, according to the report.

The qualifying window to determine the rankings will be July 1, 2018 to June 22, 2020 for men and July 8, 2018 to June 29, 2020 for women. That’s a slight change, as for 2016 the dates were the same for men and women.

The 2016 process saw a maximum of two men and two women per country, or up to four if they were ranked in the top 15.

Then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said one month after the Rio Games that he hoped the Olympic golf format would be changed to have more medals awarded.

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