Harding was discovered and still practised on an ice rink in a shopping mall and was desperate to make the Olympic team. She would have made it anyway but she saw Kerrigan and her kitschy costumes as standing in her way. So Harding’s then husband/thuggish lowlife Jeff Gillooly attempted to injure Kerrigan so she wouldn’t make the 1994 Olympics. Even at that, they failed.
Kerrigan and Harding competed on the same Olympic team to huge rating. Kerrigan got silver and Tonya got and continues to get nothing. Harding’s legacy is a punch line. This interesting documentary covers class issues and Connie Chung recalls covering the circus back in the day.
Harding rants about being judged, snobby judges and an unforgiving Kerrigan. Harding rants about how judges didn’t like her pink homemade costume, yet nobody offered her $5000 for a costume. Harding had no endorsements or sponsorship and skated to ZZ Top. This was an okay look at unrelentingly haughty skating types and the truth is glaringly absent from Harding’s account. This is a testament to the awful power of personality in the ice world.
“The Barbie dolls of sports.”
“Of what a ladies champion is supposed to look like.”
“Very, very expensive sport.”
“What a bitch.”
“Very snob sport.”
“The hair and blue fingernail polish.”
“Under the table advice.”
“A couple of thugs and a bad perm.”
“She’s a princess and I’m a piece of crap.”