Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan museum opens in NYC

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Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Museum Opens in NYC

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (PIX11) - What started out as a pipe dream has become reality for Brooklyn roommates Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins.

The pair of comedians have built a one-of-kind museum in the hallway of their Williamsburg apartment dedicated to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan – and the 1994 scandal that captivated the world.

Kerrigan, a favorite to represent the United States in the 1994 Winter Olympics, was brutally attacked at competition in an effort to keep her from competing.

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Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding in practice together. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TONYA HARDING WALKS BY AS NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA TAKES A BREAK DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. (Pascal Rondeau  via Getty Images)
U.S ICE SKATER NANCY KERRIGAN GIVES A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE OLYMPIC PRESS CENTRE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. (Phil Cole via Getty Images)
USA's Tonya Harding of Portland, Ore., tries to compose herself after a late start to her free skating program, Friday, February 25, 1994 in Hamar, Norway. Moments later Harding interrupted her program because of problems with her skates. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
USA's Tonya Harding of Portland, Ore., shows her skate to the judges after interrupting her free skating program at the Winter Olympics in Hamar, Norway on Feb. 25, 1994. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)
=NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA TAKES A BREAK DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. (Pascal Rondeau via Getty Images)
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, foreground, pass one another during figure skating practice in Hamar, Norway, Thursday, February 17, 1994. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, joined by her family and agent, answers questions from the press outside her parents Stoneham, Massachusetts home 14 January 1994. Three men have been arrested in connection with the attack on Kerrigan which kept her from competing at the National championship. (CHRIS CHRISTO via Getty Images)
Figure skater Tonya Harding waves to cameramen through her car window 15 January 1994 as she and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly drive up to her rural cabin. Harding said she couldn't comment on reports that she is officially under investigation for the 06 January attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. (CHRIS WILKINS via Getty Images)
NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. (Pascal Rondeau via Getty Images)
U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding skates during her practice on Jan. 31, 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Harding, who is under investigation in the Nancy Kerrigan assault case, is still on the roster for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, next month. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)
U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding is followed by media as she walks from an apartment in Beaverton, near Portland, Ore., to her truck on Feb. 6, 1994. The U.S. Figure Skating Association has announced Harding must face disciplinary proceedings for her alleged role in the attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)
The U.S. Olympic Skating Team, women’s singles, pose at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 12, 1992, Orlando, Fla. From left are Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and Kristi Yamaguchi. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Tonya Harding, shown in this 1994 file photo, plans a mellower life after her second marriage Dec. 23, 1995 aboard a yacht. The former figure-skating champ said she looks forward to starting a family with machinist Michael Smith and someday living on a farm. ``I'm very happy, and I hope to keep it that way,'' Harding said. (AP Photo/Shane Young)
U.S. figure skater Nancy Kerrigan speaks during a news conference at the Main Press Center in Lillehammer, Norway, Feb. 22, 1994, the opening day of the XVII Olympic Games. Kerrigan said she's not sure what will happen if she meets Tonya Harding at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
Medalists in ladies figure skating smile after receiving their medals Friday, February 25, 1994, in Hamar, Norway. From left, bronze medalist Chen Lu of China, gold medal winner Oksana Baiul of Ukraine, and silver medalist American Nancy Kerrigan. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin)
This Feb. 21, 1992 file photo shows figure skater Tonya Harding of Portland, Ore., skating in the free skating portion of the women's figure skating competition at the XVI Olympic Games in Albertville, France. (AP Photo/John Gaps)
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An investigation later revealed that Harding as well as her ex-husband were linked to the shocking plot.

A riveting documentary on ESPN called "The Price of Gold" that broke down the entire ice skating saga inspired the duo to construct the museum.

"We had just seen this documentary and then we would go out and everyone is talking about things that eh, that I [thought] I have nothing to add to this conversation," Harkins told PIX11 News. "I'd rather talk about something that happened 20 years ago that I have a lot of facts about because I just saw this great documentary last night."

The new space in Olen and Harkin's apartment now provides a meeting area, Harkin said, where Tonya and Nancy fans can continue to have that same conversation over and over again.

Each artifact in the tight but well-thought out hallway/museum tells a part of the story that rocked the 1994 Olympics with each ice skating diva getting her own wall.

The museum itself relied heavily on donations and whatever the duo uncovered on Ebay.

The big question is – will Nancy or Tonya be visiting the make-shift museum anytime soon?

"We did an interview with the Boston Herald and they reached out to Nancy and the official word was 'no comment,'" Harkin revealed.

However, Harding's camp did confirm that the former ice skater thought the museum was "cool."

"Tonya does think its cool but she's too busy to come and visit – but we are fine with that.

To go to the museum, visitors have to submit an online request.

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