Kristi Yamaguchi tells Nancy Kerrigan to 'break a leg' on 'DWTS' in cringe-worthy tweet


Eek! Kristi Yamaguchi tried lending her support to fellow professional ice skater Nancy Kerrigan earlier this week, but her poor choice of words caused a major stir on Twitter.

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Yamaguchi, who won Dancing With the Stars in 2008, sent a tweet to current contestant Kerrigan, writing, "So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS."

Kerrigan was famously clubbed in the right knee in 1994, forcing her to withdraw from the U.S. Championships. The incident was linked to fellow skater Tonya Harding and the footage of Kerrigan clutching her leg and crying out, "Why, why, why?" has become iconic in pop culture.

See photos of the pair together:

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CIRCA 1991: Figure Skaters (L-R) Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonia Kwiatkowski poses of this photograph at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships circa 1991 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
ALBERTVILLE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 21: Kristi Yamaguchi (C) from the United States, her compatriot Nancy Kerrigan (L) and Japanese Midori Ito smile as they pose on the podium after the medals' ceremony of the women's figure skating event at the Winter Olympic Games 21 February 1992 in Albertville. Yamaguchi won the gold medal in front of Ito (silver) and Nancy Kerrigan (bronze). (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
ALBERTVILLE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 21: Nancy Kerrigan (USA) (left), Kristi Yamaguchi (USA) (center), and Midori Ito (JPN) (right) pose following the medal ceremony for Women's Singles event of the Figure Skating competition of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games held in Albertville, France on February 21, 1992. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
E 355908 003 14Aug99 Mastons Mills, Massachusettes Skater Paul Wylie And Bride Kate Presbrey Are Surrounded By Friends Who Also Skate At Their Reception Party In Marstons Mills, Ma Following Their Wedding Saturday, August 14, 1999. Friends Include, From Left, Dick Button, Kristi Yamaguchi, Christopher Bowan, Dennis Petrov, Nancy Kerrigan, Kyoko Ina, Ekaterian Gordeeva, And Illia Kulik. (Photo By Stephen Rose/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan attend the press conference for The Caesars Tribute: A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating at Caesars Hotel & Casino December 10, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
(L-R) Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan attend the press conference for The Caesars Tribute: A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating at Caesars Hotel & Casino December 10, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
(L-R) Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan attend the press conference for The Caesars Tribute: A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating at Caesars Hotel & Casino December 10, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
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But Kerrigan herself didn't seem concerned by Yamaguchi's word choice, replying to the tweet, "Thank you so much Krisiti! I'm excited to get started said for the advice you had for me. This it's a blast!"

She later clarified her tweet, writing, "Just looking at this, I am adjusting to new contact... #oops! Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for the advise! It definitely is helping! #dwts."

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Fans on Twitter, however, quickly reacted to Yamaguchi's tweet with a series of hilarious GIFs. Here are a few of the best ones:

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@kristiyamaguchi @NancyAKerrigan https://t.co/h8cfey7bEK
@kristiyamaguchi @NancyAKerrigan https://t.co/rZP4boMstr
@kristiyamaguchi @NancyAKerrigan https://t.co/fWydPJjmKj
@kristiyamaguchi https://t.co/jQVmXjQLoS
@kristiyamaguchi @NancyAKerrigan https://t.co/MPglNycrRM
.@kristiyamaguchi @NancyAKerrigan https://t.co/rr2jnpNIQE
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