While the drama continued to unfold, Kerrigan made a remarkable recovery and secured her place in the U.S. team for the games.
With television cameras constantly on both women and the Olympic Village full of gossip, Harding and Kerrigan went head-to-head on the ice.
It was Kerrigan who came out on top, finishing second to take silver, while Harding was way down in eighth.
But Kerrigan's joy was shortlived -- she received death threats and was told to stay away from the closing ceremony as she posed a security risk.
Harding was given three years' probation, 500 hours of community service and a $160,000 fine for hindering the investigation.
The U.S. Figure Skating Association banned her for life and stripped her of the 1994 national championship title.
Her ex-husband Gillooly and the others were given jail terms.
Hermann Maier cheated death at the Nagano games in 1998.
The Austrian downhill skier, who was favorite for the gold medal in Japan, was sent hurtling after attempting a bend and flew horizontally through the air at over 70 miles per hour (112.65 kph).
He landed some 50 yards away before crashing head first into the safety nets -- it was a moment where everybody feared the worst.
"I was very fast and there was a lot of wind from the back side," he said in the aftermath of the incident. "And I went up in the air and was looking at the sky. I looked down at the snow and waited for the crash."
Somehow, Maier escaped with minor bruises and with injuries to his knee and shoulder and was back in action soon after where he won gold medals in the giant slalom and super-G.
Nicknamed "the Herminator," he went on to become one of the most successful male skiers of all time, winning three world titles, silver and bronze at the 2006 games at Turin, plus 54 World Cup race wins -- second only to Ingemar Stenmark's 86.
They were four men who captured the hearts of the sporting world -- and the tale of the Jamaican bobsled team still remains one of the most romantic in Winter Olympics history.
After holding trials in their home island, a team was selected and traveled to Calgary in 1988 for a test run on ice for the very first time.
With the freezing temperatures and ice a complete culture shock to everyone involved in the Jamaican setup, they faced an almost impossible task of competing with the world's best.
In the end, the team failed to finish, crashing on its only competitive run.
But what happened next has been immortalized in Hollywood history in the 1993 film "Cool Runnings."
As the four men got out of the sled and began to walk towards the finish line, they were greeted by handshakes from the sidelines and cheering.
The team gained the respect of its competitors and returned home as heroes.
Speed skater Eric Heiden's performance at Lake Placid in 1980 is arguably one of the finest ever witnessed.
He was just 17 when he made his debut at Innsbruck four years earlier, finishing seventh in the 1,500 meters and 19th in the 5,000m.