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In ´Price of Gold´, recalling the
far-off era of Tonya Harding

Los Angeles Times, by Steven Zeitchik

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Posted By:DaddyO, 1/17/2014 1:49:23 PM

It can feel like a lifetime ago that the world was transfixed by the Harding-Kerrigan figure-skating scandal -- you know, Tonya, Nancy and, of course, Gillooly, one-word signifiers for the bizarre winter soap opera that preceded the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Memories of that time come rushing back, though, on seeing Nanette Burstein´s new documentary, "The Price of Gold," a thorough look at the tale of revenge and redemption from the dawn of the modern celebrity age. Burstein´s film -- produced as part of ESPN’s "30 for 30" series and airing Thursday night on the network -- aims to shed new

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Hard to believe it´s been 20 years. Tonya doesn´t look a day over 60, but has has always been a striking woman..

Anyway, she seemed to spend a lot of the time complaining about how it all turned out for her. However she is a minor celebrity now, and certainly would have been forgotten by now had she simply finished her career as an also-ran at the olympics.

The biggest loser that year was Kerrigan.. she should have won the gold, but the judges hated the controversy and gave the gold to the undeserving Baiul.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/17/2014 2:05:44 PM     (No. 9695913)

Harding added a new depth of skank to the term Trailer Trash.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/17/2014 2:13:16 PM     (No. 9695922)

Harding and Kerrigan both made my skin crawl. Harding was a gutter snipe, and that video of Kerrigan screaming why, why that played eternally made me want to throw up after about the 500th time it was aired.

I always thought Kerrigan was a lummox on the ice. Katarine Witt had the same affect on me. Too big. Too weighty.

The most notable thing about Baiul --other than she won gold by default, was that she turned out to be a drunk. After she got drunk and crashed he car in [I think] Lake Placid where she went to live after the Olympics, that´s the last I ever heard of her. Usually you see the retired skaters in subsequent Olympics as commentators or coaches or just hanging around waiting for someone to want to interview them, trying to remain relevant. Not Baiul. If she ever showed up, I missed it.

I might try to watch this on ESPN on Thursday. I don´t even know what number ESPN is on my television.

I love the figure skaters, especially ice dance, but something has been lacking since the OC did away with the school figures.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/17/2014 2:31:44 PM     (No. 9695955)

I am a big fan of Tonya Harding. Not to the manor born, she made the snooty world of figure skating sit up an take notice. It was her thuggish male friend who whacked poor Nancy on the knee. Tonya took more than her share of the blame.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nosillod, 1/17/2014 2:33:46 PM     (No. 9695962)

The 30 for 30 series on ESPN has been fascinating. I have yet to see one that wasn´t interesting; even stories I might not think would be worth watching. I should note that I haven´t seen them all.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/17/2014 2:34:01 PM     (No. 9695963)

Ahhhh...

The Farce will be with us...

Alwayszzz...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

Time for a Jedi mind trick... ?

Poof!
OMG!!

David Blaine just made them all...
disappear.

(Thank yewww... David)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JAN, 1/17/2014 3:11:52 PM     (No. 9695991)

And the thug that went after Kerrigan no different than the thugs on the New Orleans Saints who paid a bounty to injure the opposing team´s players.

Street thugs all.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 1/17/2014 3:14:10 PM     (No. 9695993)

#4 - I agree; they have been outstanding.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/17/2014 3:52:32 PM     (No. 9696027)

#6, at least football is a physical game and the thuggery was within the context of the game. Too bad Sean Payton got his job back.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 1/17/2014 5:20:14 PM     (No. 9696127)

I agree with #3. Around the time of this incident I happened to take some skating lessons and got a peek into the snobbish world of figure skating. The experience made me a Harding fan for life, regardless of how much or how little involvement she may have had with the knee capping. And Kerrigan turned out to be one of those snobs, so I´ve never had much sympathy for her.

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