Kerrigan wins silver at Lillehammer
??n(o mid ( i i. i y V"'' .!: ,1 .:: i V ' Baiul takes first by a 1 0th of point; Harding finishes 8th after solid effort AP Laserphoto American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan silver medal for ladies figure skating waves to the crowd after accepting her Friday. Ukraine's Oksana Beiul won. LILLEHAMMER, Norway (GNS) In her relentless drive to an Olympic gold medal, Nancy Kerrigan overcame all but the tiniest obstacle. Her name is Oksana Baiul. Kerrigan's long program was nearly flawless in the women's figure-skating competition Friday, but nearly flawless wasn't good enough. Baiul, the 16-year-old, 95-pound orphan from Ukraine, skating after two injections of painkillers to deaden the ache in her sore back and injured right leg, eked out the narrowest of victories to take the gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan and Baiul each received No. 1 scores from four judges. The ninth judge, a former East German skater, had them in a tie. That deadlock was broken by the higher score in artistic impression on the German's card, and Baiul won that and the gold by a score of 5.9 to 5.8. A 10th of a point. " "The hard life I've lived up 'til now gives me the strength to compete," said Baiul, who never knew her father and whose mother died two years ago. Her status in the event was doubtful almost up the point she stepped on the ice; she slammed into another skater at practice Thursday and needed three stitches to close-a bloody wound on her shin. The judging broke down along geopolitical lines. Kerrigan, of Stoneham, Mass., was ranked No. 1 by judges from Great Britain, Japan, Canada and the United States. Baiul, the defending world champion, was the choice of judges from Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, China and Germany. Kerrigan appeared less than thrilled on the medals platform, but she refused to complain about not getting gold. - Tonya Harding, the controversial skater from Portland, Ore., whose ex-husband has pleaded guilty to his part in a Jan. 6 attack on Kerrigan, didn't go quietly. She broke a shoelace while warming up, almost was disqualified by failing to reach the ice in time, quit and burst into tears a few seconds into her program and ultimately was given a chance to skate again later in the program. Harding turned in a creditable performance and climbed from 10th to eighth. Olympic coverage, C3.