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Nancy Kerrigan Goes Public With Her 'Devastating' Health Struggles

We all know what happened in 1994. Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic figure skater, was attacked by her competitor Tonya Harding's then-husband. She had her knee smashed by a metal pipe in an attempt to keep her out of the competition. Kerrigan ultimately won a silver medal that year, while Harding was banned from Olympics all together.

So when Dancing With The Stars asked Kerrigan to pick her "most memorable year," many assumed it would be then.

But Kerrigan stunned everyone when she chose the year after, and the reason why is heart-breaking.

Tonya Harding (left) and Nancy Kerrigan (right)USA Today

The two-time Olympic champion chose to reflect on the year she and her husband tried to get pregnant with their second child. Kerrigan was so excited, but ultimately she lost the baby in a miscarriage.

"It makes you feel like a failure," she tearfully said.

Kerrigan and her husband tried again, and after the three-month mark she felt confident enough to tell her family.

Sadly, she miscarried that baby as well.

"It was crazy hard to tell him," Kerrigan told Boudreau, recalling breaking the bad news to her son Matthew after she miscarried. "He was so excited he was gonna have a brother or sister — and say that's not going to happen and try to explain to a little kid why."

Nancy Kerrigan and her son, Matthew

Nancy Kerrigan says she suffered six miscarriages in eight years, and it really affected her family and her mental health.

"It's devastating and it's so hard on your marriage," she told ABC News' Abbie Boudreau. "You think, 'What's wrong with me?' People have babies every day. This is such a natural thing.  Why would I keep losing a baby? What did I do (wrong)?"

When her second son Brian was born through in vitro fertilization, she waited to name him because she was afraid of getting "too attached."

In 2008, Kerrigan and her family welcomed a third child when Nicole was born.

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Kerrigan performed a stunning foxtrot dedicated to her kids on Dancing With The Stars with the performance dedicated to her kids.

"We fought hard for this family," Kerrigan, now 47, said. "I want to say to my kids through this dance, ''Never give up ... Keep trying.'"

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