The ESPN documentary “Tonya and Nancy” might very well be missing Nancy.
It was first reported in May by Sports Illustrated that the network would produce a film as part of its 30 for 30 series looking back at the Jan. 6, 1994, incident where Nancy Kerrigan was whacked on the knee as part of a plot led by Tonya Harding‘s ex-husband.
The film then reportedly addresses the following six weeks of non-stop media coverage of the two figure skaters through the Lillehammer Olympics.
Kerrigan recovered to win silver behind Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul in 1994. Harding finished eighth.
Kerrigan, now 43, has largely stayed out of the media spotlight in the last 19 years. It’s no surprise she hasn’t been interviewed, though ESPN continues to try.
“Several people close to her have done interviews,” ESPN Films Vice President Connor Schell told the Television Critics Association summer meeting Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. “We’re still working to get Nancy and hope by November that we do.”
SI reported in May that the previous working title, “The Whack Heard Round The World,” was likely to be changed.
Filmmaker Nanette Burstein has already interviewed Harding, a fact Kerrigan has been made aware of, according to SI.
“[Harding] has such captivating and strong personality and is very outspoken and emotional about these issues and how it hugely affected her life,” Burstein said. “She wanted her story told but she also wanted this to be the last time she did it. She did not want to keep rehashing the story for years to come.”
ESPN continues its 30 for 30 series with another figure skating film, “The Diplomat,” on Aug. 6. The film is about two-time East German Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt amid the backdrop of the lead into the fall of the Berlin Wall.