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CBS to air Kerrigan special

Nancy Kerrigan will take to the ice for a CBS TV special the week before she competes in the Winter Olympics, the network said Thursday.

Kerrigan, who withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after she was injured in a Jan. 6 attack, will use the special to make up for the lost chance to perform, said CBS sports executive Rick Gentile.

It will be a “coming-out party” for her following her recovery, Gentile said. The special is set to air a few days after Kerrigan skates for a U.S. Olympic panel next month to prove she is able to compete.

CBS is broadcasting the Olympics, which begin in Lillehammer, Norway, on Feb. 12.

However, if Kerrigan is found unable to compete, Gentile said it is unlikely that she would appear in the tentatively titled “Nancy and Friends” special. An air date has yet to be set.

Asked if there was a conflict of interest between reporting the Kerrigan story and paying for her appearance on the special, Gentile replied that the program was an entertainment venture. No payment was being made for news interviews, he said.

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