Nancy Kerrigan pays tribute to slain Colorado cop who was her childhood figure skating friend

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News of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three dead and nine injured in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday hit home for former Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan.

In a new interview with the Boston Herald, the 46-year-old reveals that Officer Garrett Swasey, the cop who was killed in the line of duty, was one of her childhood friends and fellow skaters.

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Kerrigan says that Swasey, a police officer at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, was "like a brother" to her, and they even had nicknames for each other.

"I called him 'Ugh,' he called me 'Yuck,'" she says. "We were always teasing each other like a brother and sister."

"I could feel the energy and excitement of him rooting for me," she recalls of a time Swasey, 44, was cheering her on at a United States Figure Skating Championship. "It made me laugh. Instead of listening to music, I found that humor helped, it was good for me and it helped push me to do better."

"I always felt, for years and years, that he was definitely a big part of that," Kerrigan adds. "I am very thankful for having him in my life."

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Nancy Kerrigan pays tribute to slain Colorado cop who was her childhood figure skating friend
12 FEB 1994: U.S ICE SKATER NANCY KERRIGAN GIVES A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE OLYMPIC PRESS CENTRE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole/ALLSPORT
(GERMANY OUT) Die amerikanische Eiskunstläuferin Nancy Kerrigan in Aktion. Undatiertes Foto. (Photo by HJS-Pressefoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JULY 1990: Nancy Kerrigan of the USA skates in the 1990 Goodwill Games held July 20 - August 5, 1990 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
17 FEB 1994: TONYA HARDING WALKS BY AS NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA TAKES A BREAK DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
17 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY TODAY. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
NEW YORK - 1994: Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan poses for a portrait in 1994 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan attends the 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund)
8 Feb 1993: Nancy Kerrigan (USA) in action at the 1993 U.S. Figure Skating Nationals. Kerrigan placed first
MAR 1991: NANCY KERRIGAN IN ACTION FOR USA DURING THE LADIES FIGURE SKATING DURING THE 1991 WORLD ICE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/ALLSPORT
15 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE UNITED STATES WATCHES THE PAIRS FREE SKATE PROGRAM IN THE CROWD AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT
UNITED STATES - MARCH 10: Skater Nancy Kerrigan during Saturday Night Live rehersals at NBC Studios. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
25 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN , USA , AND LU CHEN OF CHINA WAIT FOR THE START OF THE MEDAL CEREMONY FOR THE WOMEN's FIGURE SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT
25 FEB 1994: OKSANA BAIUL OF THE UKRAINE 1ST (CENTER), NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA 2ND (LEFT) AND LU CHEN OF CHINA, 3RD, ON THE MEDAL STAND TODAY IN THE LADIES FIGURE SKATING COMPATITION AT THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit:Mike Powell/ALLSPORT
HAMAR, NORWAY: Ukrainian Oksana Baiul (C), Nancy Kerrigan (L) from the United States and Chinese Chen Lu smile on the podium during the medals' ceremony of the women's figure skating competition at the Winter Olympic Games 25 February 1994 in Lillehammer. Baiul won the gold medal in front of Kerrigan (silver) and Lu (bronze). AFP PHOTO/ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Athlete Nancy Kerrigan attends the 66th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1994 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
JANUARY 30: Nancy Kerrigan. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 9: Nancy Kerrigan and Jerry Solomon on their wedding. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 9: Nancy Kerrigan, about to enter the church for her wedding on Newbury Street, in Boston. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD,CA - JUNE 30: Athlete Nancy Kerrigan and parents Daniel Kerrigan and Brenda Kerrigan attend the D.A.R.E. Program Honors Nancy Kerrigan on June 30, 1995 at The Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Nancy Kerrigan skates during A Salute To The Golden Age Of American Skating show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on December 11, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
BOSTON - DECEMBER 31: Nancy Kerrigan waits to be introduced before speaking to a crowd gathered to watch a figure skating ice show on Frog Pond. First Night activities take place throughout the city of Boston, Dec. 31, 2013. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The late police officer was originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, the same town outside Boston where Kerrigan grew up. He moved to Colorado in the '90s to further train as a champion ice dancer at the Olympic Training Center, later retiring from the sport there and moving into law enforcement.

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"His dad picked me up at school every day to take me to the rink," Kerrigan reveals. "We were together an awful lot as children. I would ride my bike to his house and we'd hang out at the pool. We were together all the time, whether we were skating or not."

One thing Kerrigan will always remember of her late friend is his constant smile and heart of gold.

"I don't ever remember him ever being in a bad mood," she remembers. "He was always ready to listen, to be there, to help, to encourage somebody else. He was just a really good friend, very loyal and kind. He had a big, giant, smile all the time, even when we were teasing each other."

On Sunday, the names of the two other victims that were found dead were announced -- Ke'Arre Stewart, a 29-year-old Army veteran who served in Iraq and the father of two children, and Jennifer Markovsky, a 36-year-old married mother of two.

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Back in 2014, ET caught up Kerrigan, where she revealed that she rarely gets to lace up her skates now that's she's a mother of three.

Watch the video below to see her back in action on the ice rink with ET.

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