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3 Olympic documentaries on NBC, including Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan film

Feb 22, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

With the final weekend of the 2014 Olympics upon us, NBC is airing three compelling documentaries that take a deeper look into memorable – and sometimes tragic – events.

Here is a list of the documentaries, including when each of the three will air:

Date Time Documentary
Saturday, February 22 Within NBC daytime coverage, 2:30 ET Lokomotiv
Saturday, February 22 Within NBC primetime coverage, 8 ET Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story
Sunday, February 23 7 ET Nancy & Tonya

Let’s take a little look at each one.

Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv looks back at the KHL team’s tragic plane crash on Sept. 7, 2011. It resulted in the death of 44 out of 45 people on board the flight, 37 of which were players, coaches and staff from the team. This documentary looks back at that incident itself, but also considers how the team was rebuilt with significant help from the hockey community as a whole.

Watch the full documentary here

Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story

Here’s a captivating excerpt from NBC’s release on the documentary:

A double amputee and a Russian-born orphan, Jessica Long has grown up as two people simultaneously, a dedicated and determined young woman who has used that drive to become one of the most-decorated U.S. Paralympians and also someone who, from 13 months old at her adoption from a Russian orphanage, has longed to know who she really is.

Over the course of Long Way Home: The Story of Jessica Long, Long tells the remarkable story of how she discovered her first family, and eventually embarked on a journey through a past she never knew. Originally named Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova, Long retraces her adoption back to her orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia, and on to what would have been her hometown of Bratsk, deep in the heart of Siberia. It’s here that we see the overwhelming moment where she comes face-to-face for the first time, not only with her birth mother, but her biological father, brothers and sisters – the Russian family she had never met.

(Read the full release here)

Nancy & Tonya

Twenty years ago, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding created a wave of drama few sports stories have ever approached. This documentary chronicles the media frenzy surrounding the two figure skaters and everything that came with it.

This release contains plenty of interesting details. You can also catch a sneak preview here.

  1. edelweiss630 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Twenty years after the fiasco, Nancy Kerrigan still has a sense of polish and refinement, and Tonya Harding is still acting like white trash. Tonya Harding frequently swears during the interview. Kerrigan does not. Kerrigan vehemently denies being a part of the planning and the attack, yet there is evidence in her own handwriting that shows that she had prior knowledge of the attack, and participated in planning the attack.

    Tonya Harding is still blaming her mother, her upbringing, her lack of stability, her ex-husband and not once does she take any responsibility this scandal. She skirts around involvement by blaming everyone and everything, and has the nerve to imply that Nancy had it easy.

    Yes, Nancy had better parents but the fact that Tonya didn’t (or did she?”) isn’t Nancy’s fault. Nancy’s father worked several jobs to pay for her skating. They were good parents, and certainly Nancy will be the first one to say that she was very lucky. But she wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and nothing was handed to her on a silver platter either.

    Twenty years later, there is still a huge difference between Kerrigan and Harding. It’s very easy to feel proud of Nancy Kerrigan, the kind of daughter, wife and mother she is. Harding….not so much….actually, not at all!

  2. rc33 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Ya know, this is absurd. On other threads I’ve heard genuine sympathy for Harding. Cuz her poor upbringing deserves so much more consideration than the lower middle class girl…whether she wanted to name her or not. Ridiculous. We need to check ourselves.

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