Post # 1
My parents were professional figure skaters – they met over in Europe in the world traveling ice show they were in. To this day my parents are always GLUED to the TV when anything figure skating was on.
You can only imagine our house with the Kerrigan/Harding thing happened.
Well of course everyone hated Tonya Harding and all that crap aside – this documentary is making me feel really bad for Tonya Harding. Her mother was an abusive psycho.
Of course what happened to Kerrigan sucks but jesus. Tonya Harding lost the lottery being born into the family she was.
Post # 3
@FleeSircus: First, thanks for posting this! We turned it on. My first reaction is seriously? I get she had a rough childhood, but she is coming across so bad now. I can understand the sour grapes and even how circumstances might have led to the attack, but she is just looking unclassy and bitter now.
Post # 4
@Pollywog: She’s always been the unclassy one. She just comes acros as emotionally stunted and simple (like stupid, uneducated kind of simple.)
Post # 5
Aw, my house was always pro-Tonya. Not in the sense of condoning any of the criminal, inexcusable actions, but it was always (pre-crazypants winter of ’94) impressed upon me that she had overcome so much to get where she was. Nancy always just seemed like her life was going to be perfect whether she skated or not. She’d have gone Ivy League, married someone who ran a hedge fund, and lived a great life. Tonya was held up (again, until winter 94) as a model of perserverance, overcoming obstacles, dedication, etc.
No, we did not pray at the alter of Tonya, rather I was a child, my family was Olympics obsessed, and it was just a teachable moment my mother latched onto. Miscalculation on her part, I admit. Yeah, in the Disney-meets-John-Hughes version of the story, the attack never happened and the humble, poor girl gets the gold, while the sneering princess falls on her rear. Disney never scripts real life, alas…
ETA: I do also realise now that Nancy’s background was far more humble than I thought at the time. I guess I was fooled by her amazing Vera Wang skating outfits and really polished look. Also, obviously anyone who gets that far in professional sport exhibits massive amounts of perserverance and dedication. Perhaps not judging people on appearances would have been the better lesson to have been taught in all this!
Post # 6
I recently read this great article. It really changed my perspective of the controversy.