It is quite normal for well-wishers to say “Break a leg” as an ironic way to wish a performer “good luck”.
However, former gold-medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi caused a commotion online when she wished fellow Olympian and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Nancy Kerrigan to “break a leg” via Twitter on Monday.
— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) March 20, 2017
Back in 1994, Kerrigan actually got her leg broken in an assault. It was later found out that it was the ex-husband of her rival Tonya Harding who was behind the incident.
Netizens who caught the irony of her probably well-intentioned wish were quick to flood her Twitter with hilarious reaction GIFs.
— Lucas Turnbloom (@LucasTurnbloom) March 24, 2017
— Nancy Polanco (@WhispersInspire) March 23, 2017
— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) March 22, 2017
— John Asante (@jkbasante) March 22, 2017
— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) March 22, 2017
— B97 (@b97) March 23, 2017
— Bottlerocket (@bottlerocket) March 22, 2017
— Brian Scully (@brianscully) March 22, 2017
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 22, 2017
Deliberate or not, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee’s tweet was well received by Kerrigan who tweeted in response:
Thank you so much Kristi! I’m excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast! https://t.co/MMagD7gLgw
— Nancy Kerrigan (@NancyAKerrigan) March 20, 2017
A representative for Yamaguchi would later clarify on TMZ that the tweet had no ill-intentions, noting that she and Kerrigan have been friends since they were 15. The representative also confirmed that the two have laughed about the unintentional gaffe over the phone.