Kristi Yamaguchi Cheers on Nancy Kerrigan With a 'Break a Leg' Sign at 'Dancing With the Stars'
By Jackie Willis
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Nancy Kerrigan and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev earned some pretty high scores for their samba on Monday's Dancing With the Stars.
The 47-year-old figure skater and Chigvintsev earned a score of 33 out of 40 -- with Len Goodman giving them a nine -- for their dance to Ricky Martin's "Shake Your Bon Bon." Kerrigan admitted to ET's Nischelle Turner that she's a huge fan of Martin's music, and was thrilled to meet the Puerto Rican musician. "It's one of those moments where you're really embarrassed, but you cannot help it," she quipped. "I used to compete to his songs, it was a huge influence in my career as a dancer."
Another familiar face cheering Kerrigan on was Kristi Yamaguchi, season six's DWTS champion. The 45-year-old figure skater brought a "Break a Leg" sign in support of her pal. "A special sign to cheer on my roomie @nancyakerrigan ? vote!!!" Yamaguchi captioned the photo of herself and Kerrigan posing with the poster.
The "break a leg" note seemed to bring back memories for some of when, in 1994, Kerrigan was hit with a police baton in the knee by a man hired by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
However, Yamaguchi's rep told ET that she means "no ill will" in regard to the message. "Kristi loves Nancy and has nothing but respect for her," her rep said in a statement. "Nancy herself has received and commented on the well-wishes that were sent. Kristi is finding the reactions on social media humorous but unfortunately for those who want it to have been shady, that’s not the case."
Meanwhile, Kerrigan and Chigvintsev are already thinking up what they'll do next week in the ballroom, as the dances are to center around the contestants' most memorable years. ET had to ask if Kerrigan was considering doing a routine about her 1994 attack.
While the Olympic athlete played coy about their plans for next week, Chigvintsev shared, "I think all I can say, it's going to be a great story and I think a lot of people will relate to it. Hopefully I can choreograph a dance to do it justice and all come together and it's going to be beautiful. That's what I'm hoping for."
Chigvintsev also confirmed that the dance will be about "strength and overcoming adversity."
As for how she's liking being on the show, Kerrigan gushed that she's "having a blast."
"I am just a regular girl and, like, a mom driving kids around and have been sitting on this couch watching this show," she noted. "To be able to be here and to be a part of this whole experience has been amazing, and it's just so much fun."