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3 Olympic documentaries on NBC, including Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan film

HARDING KERRIGAN YAMAGUCHI

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 21-22 - FILE - This Jan. 12, 1992 file photo shows Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. It’s been nearly 20 years since Kerrigan was clubbed after practice in Detroit by a member of a bumbling goon squad hired by Harding’s ex-husband with the hope of eliminating his former wife’s top competition for the U.S. Olympic team. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

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With the final weekend of the 2014 Olympics upon us, NBC is airing three compelling documentaries that take a deeper look into memorable - and sometimes tragic - events.

Here is a list of the documentaries, including when each of the three will air:

DateTimeDocumentary
Saturday, February 22Within NBC daytime coverage, 2:30 ETLokomotiv
Saturday, February 22Within NBC primetime coverage, 8 ETLong Way Home: The Jessica Long Story
Sunday, February 237 ETNancy & Tonya

Let’s take a little look at each one.

Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv looks back at the KHL team’s tragic plane crash on Sept. 7, 2011. It resulted in the death of 44 out of 45 people on board the flight, 37 of which were players, coaches and staff from the team. This documentary looks back at that incident itself, but also considers how the team was rebuilt with significant help from the hockey community as a whole.

Watch the full documentary here

Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story

Here’s a captivating excerpt from NBC’s release on the documentary:

A double amputee and a Russian-born orphan, Jessica Long has grown up as two people simultaneously, a dedicated and determined young woman who has used that drive to become one of the most-decorated U.S. Paralympians and also someone who, from 13 months old at her adoption from a Russian orphanage, has longed to know who she really is.

Over the course of Long Way Home: The Story of Jessica Long, Long tells the remarkable story of how she discovered her first family, and eventually embarked on a journey through a past she never knew. Originally named Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova, Long retraces her adoption back to her orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia, and on to what would have been her hometown of Bratsk, deep in the heart of Siberia. It’s here that we see the overwhelming moment where she comes face-to-face for the first time, not only with her birth mother, but her biological father, brothers and sisters – the Russian family she had never met.

(Read the full release here)

Nancy & Tonya

Twenty years ago, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding created a wave of drama few sports stories have ever approached. This documentary chronicles the media frenzy surrounding the two figure skaters and everything that came with it.

This release contains plenty of interesting details. You can also catch a sneak preview here.

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