I actually think this is an interesting story. I wouldn’t defend Tonya too much, because she had at least some involvement, and clubbing your competitor is considered bad sportsmanship everywhere, so she is damaged goods.
But the Olympics are a sleazy business. Kerrigan was not really a great skater. But she was pretty and telegenic. Harding was a very good skater, but gave off a poor white trash vibe and so she wasn’t going to be a TV star and she wasn’t going to get a medal. Because the Olympics are about selling stuff. Kerrigan was saleable.
Kerrigan ended up becoming more famous than she ever would have in other circumstances, and Harding definitely paid a steep price. Deserved, sure, but you pay your penalty and move on — she has never been allowed to.
The media creates Good People and Bad People.
Tonya Harding, Hillary and Obama were created as Good People.
Donald Trump and all Republicans have been created as Bad people.
This issue, for me, goes way beyond the concept of a skater getting clubbed on the knee. This about how we are all manipulated all the time and some of the people who end up with the short end of the stick (hey — Conservatives! Do you ever feel like you’re getting the short end?) some of those people just feel like lashing out is the only way to get what they have worked for.
Her mistake was very large. But I think I understand how that happened.
Look at her now. Her character, over all these years, has been revealed. Hasn’t changed a bit. Still a criminal, still bitter, still crying about how unfair life is to her. Her face tells all.
yes! they sold Kerrigan as Snow White,( affair with her married manager, anyone?) and TH was the better athlete.
Alot of pagentry in the skating world that has zero to do with ability.
She essentially put a contract hit out on a competitor. It was the most infamous event since Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear off on live TV.
Yeah, USOC put a lot of effort into keeping Harding out, including putting in a lot of weird “anti-poverty” rules for qualifying tournaments like no homemade costumes. Admittedly Harding’s life even before the kneecapping was pure Jerry Springer, psycho mom, abusive ex-husband, and more and more. And getting that story on TV for the usual “human interest” crap would have been... unsightly. But she was a great skater and they probably should have found a better way to “contain” her story rather than weakening the team to keep her out.
Harding always gave off that “trailer trash vibe” and always will. Heck, she’s still hanging out in bars. She had the perfect chance to turn her story into a rags to riches but didn’t.
Kerrigan was smarter and played her role (not too convincingly but well enough) as little miss sweet and innocent which got her fame as a skating princess.
She could get together with Monica Lewinsky and do some kind of a The Princess and the Pauper thing.
Or, maybe not.