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Nancy Kerrigan eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' - OlympicTalk
By OlympicTalkMay 1, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Nancy Kerrigan was bounced from “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday, marking the earliest elimination for a figure skater in series history.
Kerrigan, a 1992 and 1994 Olympic silver medalist, and partner Artem Chigvintsev failed to advance to next week’s final five. They were cut via a combination of judges’ scores and fan votes.
“I guess I was a little surprised, just because I really wanted to get to the end,” Kerrigan said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “I want to keep going and learn more, but I knew every week there’s always that chance. I don’t know. It’s just part of the game, I guess.”
Kerrigan and Chigvintsev had the fourth-best of seven scores with their “Oh, Pretty Woman” tango.
They then lost a dance-off to the show’s other Olympian, Simone Biles, and partner Sasha Farber, putting them in further danger of elimination.
In the end, Kerrigan was eliminated along with former “The Bachelor” star Nick Viall to bring the field down from seven to five.
All five previous figure skaters on the show finished in the top five (save Dorothy Hamill, who withdrew during season 16 in 2003 due to a back injury). Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis won the Mirrorball Trophy.
Biles and Farber advanced to the final five.
Biles is looking to make it back-to-back Rio Olympic gymnasts to win “Dancing with the Stars,” following Laurie Hernandez.
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Mikaela Shiffrin gets 80th World Cup win, 50th slalom win, can reach Vonn record next week
By OlympicTalkDec 29, 2022, 2:30 PM EST
An on-fire Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 80th World Cup win (her 50th in slalom), moving two shy of Lindsey Vonn‘s female career record of 82 World Cup victories.
Shiffrin completed a three-race sweep in Semmering, Austria, by taking a slalom by .29 of a second over Minnesotan Paula Moltzan combining times from two runs Thursday night. That came after giant slalom victories on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It was the first U.S. one-two in an Alpine skiing World Cup race in eight years. Shiffrin, with her 127th career World Cup podium, was joined in the top three by another American for the second time in her career (and first time in a U.S. one-two). Moltzan, who at 28 is one year older than Shiffrin, made her second career World Cup podium.
“The coolest thing about tonight was coming into the finish and seeing Paula,” Shiffrin said. “I never experienced something like that.”
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After coming to a stop in the finish area, the victorious Shiffrin tossed aside her ski poles and quickly glided to Moltzan. They both let out a scream and hugged. “80! Holy s—!,” Moltzan yelled as they looked into each other’s eyes.
“I don’t have any thoughts yet. I’m still working on the words,” Moltzan said on Austrian TV station ORF. “It’s been a bunch of baby steps leading to this point. … We’re making history while Mikaela’s making history.”
Moltzan, who went to college after being dropped from the national team, became the first American other than Shiffrin to make a World Cup slalom podium since Resi Stiegler in March 2012, when Shiffrin had just one World Cup slalom podium. Shiffrin now has 70 World Cup slalom podiums.
“Paula had a ripping run. I saw it from the start. I was like, she might win this race,” Shiffrin said of Moltzan, who was third after the first run and had a faster second run than first-run leader Shiffrin. “It is so special to share a podium with her. I don’t have much to say about 80 [wins] yet. I don’t know what to say.”
Shiffrin is on a four-race win streak overall, her best run since her record 17-win 2018-19 season.
She can tie Vonn’s record as early as next week with slaloms on Wednesday and Thursday in Zagreb, Croatia, where she owns four previous victories.
Ingemar Stenmark, a Swedish legend of the 1970s and ’80s, holds the overall record of 86 World Cup wins.
This season, Shiffrin has six victories in 12 starts, taking a commanding 369-point lead in the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing. Shiffrin won her fourth overall title last season.
The World Cup season, which is through 15 of 39 scheduled races, runs into late March with a break in February for the world championships in France.
Shiffrin was asked on Austrian TV what her wishes are for 2023.
“To be honest, I stopped wishing for things about three years ago,” said Shiffrin, whose father, Jeff, died on Feb. 2, 2020. “I’m here for the skiing, and being able to do it with a teammate, with many teammates, and an amazing crowd and amazing people around, I couldn’t even dare to wish for that, but we’re getting it, and it’s amazing. ”
LAYDEN: With career records in view, Shiffrin knows nothing is promised
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With career records in view, Mikaela Shiffrin knows nothing is promised
By Tim LaydenDec 29, 2022, 2:00 PM EST
Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on December 9th. With a slalom victory in Semmering, Austria on December 29th, Mikaela Shiffrin notched her 80th career World Cup victory. For the latest updates on Shiffrin and the alpine skiing season, visit OlympicTalk.
Sometime in the coming weeks, U.S. alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin will presumably — presumably being a very loaded and problematic word here — win her 83rd race on the World Cup circuit, the highest level of her sport, thus passing fellow American Lindsey Vonn for the most career victories by a woman. Not long after that, she will presumably win her 87th race, one more than Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won his 86 races from 1975-89. With that win, Shiffrin, who will turn 28 in March, will have accumulated more career victories than any ski racer in history, and will have ended a chase that has been ongoing and presumed for the better part of a decade. She will be deservedly celebrated for this achievement.
That celebration will undersell the moment and give Shiffrin a lesser form of praise than she deserves, because that is what career records do, just by existing. Career records compress the pain and struggle of an athletic career into a single, antiseptic number: the most this, or the most that. Touchdown passes, base hits, goals, sub four-minute miles. It will be said that Shiffrin’s record is the result of sustained brilliance, and that is manifestly true. It will be said that she packed her victories into a shorter period — 12 seasons — than either of the final two racers she passed; Vonn raced 18 seasons and won No. 82 at age 33, while Stenmark raced 16 seasons and won his last race at age 32. So this will also be true.
But these descriptions will soften the toll of Shiffrin’s work, because that is also what career records do. They simplify the complicated and sand down the rough edges, in service of the myth that the chosen number was inevitable. This was particularly true with Shiffrin: She was a prodigy, whispered — and then shouted — about across the breadth of the sport when she was barely in her teens, as the next big — and possibly biggest — thing. She won her first World Cup race at age 17 and an Olympic gold medal at 18 (the 2014 slalom in Sochi). She won a remarkable 17 World Cup races in the season that ended on March 17 of 2019, just four days after her 24th birthday. At that point she had won 60 World Cup races and seemed likely to blow past Vonn and Stenmark in as little as two more seasons. Hosanas were readied.
It has not played out exactly like that. In the three-plus seasons since that remarkable 2019 campaign, Shiffrin has won a total of 16 races (40 of Shiffrin’s 76 wins were crammed into three hyper-successful seasons from 2017-’19). She has changed since then, and she has been changed — by personal tragedy, by injury, by the realization of personal and professional mortality which young athletes deny successfully and older athletes either deny unsuccessfully or accept and fight against. What seemed easy has become much more difficult. (Of course, it was always difficult, Shiffrin just made it look easy, which is what the exceptional among us do.) And she has endured, most of all.
“For the last two years, I’ve had a note with something I wrote down,” Shiffrin said last weekend from her World Cup base in Europe. “It says, basically, what I would like most in life is to go back, like two-and-a-half years. I want to go back to where I was at the start of the year right after that 17-win season. It was my greatest season ever, and I was so happy. And I’d give anything to go back to that feeling.” She does not say this as if saddened, but as if enlightened, a very different thing.
The arc of Shiffrin’s life and career following that 2019 season is well-known to ski racing fans and even to a broader audience that witnessed her struggles in the 2022 Olympics. (More on that upcoming.) Just before the start of the 2020 World Cup season, Shiffrin’s 98-year-old grandmother, Pauline Condron, died. It’s reflexive to diminish deaths of the very old, but loss is loss and Shiffrin was very close to her grandmother. Shiffrin won six races from November to late January — not the pace of her previous season, but not shabby. On Feb. 2, 2020, her father, Jeff, died from an injury suffered in an accident at the family’s home in Colorado, while Mikaela was racing in Europe. From that moment forward, Shiffrin has carried extra weight.
As we talked last week, I suggested to Shiffrin — and again, this is not revelatory in tracing the life of an athlete, or a human being — that what had been a certain kind of innocence had become significantly more complicated in the last few years.
“When I was 16, 17, 18 years old,” says Shiffrin. “I didn’t know many people who had passed away. Since then, two of the five most important people in my life have passed away. They’re not here anymore. And that number is not going to get smaller as I get older.”
After the death of her father, Shiffrin did not race for over 300 days, much of that time during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which World Cup racing continued with relatively few cancellations (although with many interruptions and absences, and of course, no spectators). She returned and won three races in the 2021 season, pushing her total to 69. Content that highlighted her status in that moment often noted that she was “back.” She was not back. She will never be “back” in that simplistic, sports-centric way.
“Coming back to racing after my father passed,” says Shiffrin. “So many people said, ‘Well, you’re back.’ And then I won again and people said, ‘Wow, you’re really back.’ Actually, I was still really struggling.”
At the end of the 2021 season, Shiffrin won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold in the combined downhill-slalom event. She won four more World Cup races before the ’22 Olympics, but did not perform well in Beijing. She skied out early in both the giant slalom (stunning) and slalom (jaw-dropping), and then, after finishing– but not contending — in the speed events of Super-G and downhill, skied out in the slalom portion of the combined. It was an inexplicably poor performance that was endlessly analyzed in real time, including by Shiffrin herself, because she does not shy from public self-analysis, however painful.
Since then, on the one hand, she acknowledges that the experience left scars, because of course it did. At the same time, “I mean, people ask me about it,” she says. “Less and less on a daily basis, but I try to get the message out that I’m moving on.” Some of it will always be a mystery. “In the slalom and giant slalom and the combined, I went out at the fourth gate, the fifth fate, the ninth gate, but I skied those gates exactly how I wanted to ski them. I’m not one to DNF, usually. And in those races, I did not picture myself skiing out of the course, that’s for sure. But I did. ”
Ten months have passed since that experience; three years since the deaths of her grandmother and father. This year she won World Cup slaloms in Levi, Finland, on consecutive days, Nos. 75 and 76. And then on Thanksgiving weekend at Killington in central Vermont, a home game on a hill where she had won five slaloms in five starts, she finished fifth (and 13th in giant slalom).
In all of this, the personal tragedies and the racing struggles, her relationship with her sport has evolved. The giant slalom finish in Killington she assigns to training too little this year in the discipline. The rest is more ethereal, more mental. “I’m in the middle of this whole, season-long epiphany, and maybe the Olympics sparked it, of how hard it is to not only win a ski race, but to make it to the finish. That’s not something I’ve struggled with for most of my career, but when you think about it, in ski racing, and you add up the changing conditions, the amount we care, it’s mind-boggling to me what I’ve done for the last 12 years. ”
If that sounds like a lack of confidence, maybe, but that’s too simple. Consider it both a mature appreciation and a return to her roots as a racer. Jeff Shiffrin taught his kids — Mikaela and her brother, Taylor — to embrace the process of skiing artfully and to let the wins flow from that. “Any time I’ve started a race trying to win, instead of skiing my best, I have not won that race. But there is such an adrenaline rush to our sport, before you even win the race, and I’m still here for that. If I was here just for the winning, I would have retired by now. Because I’m close to 82 and 86, people find that hard to believe, but it’s true. I’d be done by now.”
She’s not done. Shiffrin thinks about what might come next, and concludes what most athletes conclude: “Anything else I do in life is probably going to be hard, but most other things are not going to give me as much back as ski racing has.” The 2026 Olympics will be jointly hosted by the city of Milan and the mountain resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, an iconic ski racing venue. “Anything could happen, and I could decide to retire,” Shiffrin says. “But I don’t see it happening before the [next] Olympics.”
Unfinished business? (And to be fair, despite Beijing, Shiffrin has three Olympic medals; the only U.S. woman to have won more is Julia Mancuso, with four.) “Not medal-wise,” she says. “But the last three Olympics have been in places that have nothing to do with alpine skiing, normally.” [Boy is that right: Sochi, PyeongChang, and Beijing.] “Cortina is a place that I love. I’d like to experience an Olympics there.” Pause. “And of course if I’m racing, I’m going to want to be a medal contender, and there’s all that goes along with that.” A mouthful.
Before that, 82 and 86 await. Shiffrin will race a giant slalom and slalom this weekend in Sestriere, Italy, site of the 2006 Olympic and Paralympic alpine races. From there, the World Cup grinds on, with 13 more slaloms and giant slaloms beyond that, and numerous speed races, should Shiffrin decide to race those as she often has in the past. There are plenty of opportunities to finish this job, as it were.
Yet she understands, most of all, that nothing is promised, not even life, and certainly not ski race wins. “In one way, I know I’ll win another World Cup race,” she says. Presumably. “But I also know you can’t be certain.” And that is the lesson that will make the records most meaningful.
For more on Shiffrin’s 2022-23 season, visit OlympicTalk.
Tim Layden is writer-at-large for NBC Sports. He was previously a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for 25 years.
The Problems Nancy Kerrigan Is Having On Dancing With The Stars
Former Olympian Nancy Kerrigan made headlines this year when she decided to join Season 24 of the hit network reality competition Dancing with the Stars, and it seemed like a natural fit for the graceful athlete. However, Kerrigan revealed that she was actually attending to an injury when Dancing with the Stars came calling, and that she was too excited to turn the opportunity down. Now it appears that injury, combined with a lack of constant physical exertion in her life, is taking its toll. Here's how she explained it.
Everything hurts. I'm so sore, it's insane. I haven't used a lot of these muscles in many, many years. I forgot they even were there. Training is training, it's a mindset, but I haven't trained and skated in a long time --- and these moves are totally, totally different. We're there for four or five hours just training straight and it's exhausting. It's not something like with skating where I can mark things because I know what I'm doing. This is new. so I'm trying to push hard all of those hours and I'm tired, so you get a little bit emotional and mentally drained.
First, let's all breathe a sigh of relief that in speaking of injuries and soreness, she wasn't talking about one of the most famous injuries in sports history. Namely, the one she experienced back in 1994 when she was attacked by a stooge hired by rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband, which was one of the biggest Olympic controversies of all time and changed the lives of everyone involved, but Kerrigan's physical ailments stem from something else.(Image credit: Photo courtesy of ABC)
Nancy Kerrigan told People that she was actually within her neurosurgeon's office, as part of an appointment to look into a spinal injury, when she got the Dancing with the Stars call. Sure, she could have blown it off or asked them to maybe call back in a year, but Kerrigan accepted, because she thought it was both an interesting opportunity to be a part of, as well as a way to please her three children, Matthew, Bryan and Nicole. Apparently, they've been watching the nimble-footed reality show together for years, so one can imagine that section of the viewership getting pretty wild on a weekly basis.
Rarely does a season of Dancing with the Stars reach its completion without one or more contestants having to exit due to one injury or another. In fact, last night's episode saw pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy hurting his leg, which will likely sideline him for the entire rest of the season. Here's hoping that won't be the case with Kerrigan, and that she'll be able to push through the pain on her way to a potential victory. I pity the fool who gets in her way, such as that Mr. T fellow. (Chris Kattan can't, since he's been eliminated already, following a haphazard recreation of his famed Night at the Roxbury dance moves.)
To find out what will happen next, look no further than ABC on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. And while you're waiting for more Foxtrots, Charlestons and Tangos, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to see what the small screen has to offer in the near future.
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January 6, 1994 will always be known as the day one of the biggest sports scandals in American history took place. Olympians Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were preparing for their second Games together when Kerrigan was attacked. To this day, Harding maintains that she is innocent. The scandal took place more than 20 years ago and has recently become a new reason for revisiting the case. Several documentaries have been made about the incident in the past, and now Margot Robbie has starred in Hollywood's newest film, Tonya, which hits theaters on December 8th. nine0003
At a time when some women choose to overthrow each other despite their own careers and friendships, the film definitely showed an interesting point of view. Harding was the first American woman to land a triple Axel, and she did so in the 1991 US Figure Skating Championships. In the end, she got an excellent result and took first place, while Kerrigan received bronze. They faced each other at the 1992 Olympics in France, where Kerrigan took bronze and Harding finished fourth. Their relationship went beyond healthy competition. It was even to the point where it was much more than the fact that they were both in contention for that first place. Both ladies were making big names and big money for themselves, but Kerrigan was featured more. She had many sponsors, including Campbell, Seiko, Revlon, and Reebok. Her overall persona seemed to win over audiences more, although Harding had a slight edge in skating. nine0003
Harding and Kerrigan trained for the US Women's Championship in Detroit on January 6, 1994. The championship was to take place the next day, and it was decided who would qualify for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. That night, before skateboard tryouts, Kerrigan was walking off the ice after practice when she was bludgeoned in the right knee. It was assumed that the assailant was a man hired by Harding's ex-husband. In the moments before and after the attack, which were captured on film, Kerrigan can be seen on the ground screaming and screaming. In between sobs, she described the object she had been hit with like a hard black stick. Kerrigan was hit on the right knee, which was her landing leg on the ice. The doctor who examined Kerrigan after the attack said the attacker was clearly trying to emaciate her. Fortunately, there was no fracture, but she suffered from bruising, lameness and severe swelling. This jeopardized her ultimate test and everyone was worried about whether she would be able to skate the very next day. The doctor said that, medically speaking, it wouldn't hurt her to skate. But the pain proved too much, and Harding took first place the next day. nine0003
The USOC wanted to remove Harding from competition, but when she returned with a $25 million lawsuit, they let her claim the title. Kerrigan took home the silver medal. Harding, on the other hand, nearly missed her chance all together when one of her shoelaces broke before it was her turn. She cried and the judges let her skate later, but she finished eighth. Harding still says she didn't know about the attack before it happened. However, she admitted that she found out about it shortly after it was carried out, and on March 19At age 94, she pleaded guilty to obstructing an investigation. She was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine. After the investigation was completed, in addition to suspending her from sponsored events, the United States Figure Skating Association stripped Harding of their 1994 national championship. “By suppressing the evidence, the five members of the panel concluded that she had prior knowledge and was involved before the incident,” William Heeble, chairman of the hearing group, told the Washington Post in an interview. competition. However, she continued to show her moves in various skating shows. She participated in Dancing with the Stars during the 24th season. nine0003
In 2006, she starred in Fox Celebrity Skating and was even in Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. Will we ever find out about Harding's true involvement in the Kerrigan attack? Probably no. But it's great to see how women are portrayed in a recent film.
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Shadow side Tony Harding - Sport
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The following article mentions allegations of domestic violence and sexual harassment. nine0048
In 1991, Tonya Harding became "the first American woman to land a triple Axel in competition" when she competed at the US National Figure Skating Championships (via ABC News). As a nation, we now know her better as the woman who was involved, albeit passively, in the "blow heard around the world" - also known as the attack on Nancy Kerrigan's right knee before the US Nationals in 1994, which resulted in her cannot compete. nine0003
For many years, Harding was considered a national outcast due to her involvement in the attack. National Figure Skating Association (via The New York Times). In 2017, our conversations about Harding changed when I, Tonya, based on her life story written by Stephen Rogers, hit the screens. received critical acclaim. He portrays Harding in a more sympathetic light, explaining the difficulties in her life to help us better understand her behavior. Harding even said OK! that because of the film: "I'm just really glad that now my son can grow up knowing that his mom was not a fraud. " nine0003
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No matter what you think of Harding, there's no denying that she has a track record of questionable behavior. So, we're revealing the dark side of Tonya Harding to better understand the real woman outside of the movie's script.
Tonya Harding is a convicted felon.
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Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was hit in the right knee by Shane Stant on January 6, 1994 years after training for the US Nationals at Kobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Kerrigan's knee was badly bruised upon landing, so she was unable to compete. Bleach Report. National Figure Skating Association rules allowed them to name Kerrigan as part of the Olympic team (via The Washington Post), and she won a silver medal in Lillehammer, Norway.
The Kerrigan saga is not infamous for its triumph. This is infamous because the "masterminds" and perpetrators of the attack were linked to her biggest rival at the time, Tonya Harding. We know that Stant and his driver Derek Smith were hired by Harding's "bodyguard" Sean Eckhardt and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly to commit the crime. ABC News. Harding has always denied having "advance knowledge" of the attack, but during a press conference on 19At age 94, she admitted some guilt.
"I had no prior knowledge of the planned attack on Nancy Kerrigan," she said in part (via ESPN's "30 of 30: The Price of Gold"). “However, I am responsible for not reporting what I learned about the attack when I returned home from national competitions.” Per New York Times, Harding's failure to give details to the FBI led to her pleading guilty to felony charges of obstruction of prosecution. Her sentence included three years of supervised probation and she was ordered to set up a fund to benefit Special Olympics. nine0003
She was also arrested for domestic violence.
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Tony Harding's legal troubles didn't end in the mid-90s. The focus on her wrestling has just shifted from the sports world to her personal life. In 2000, she was arrested on charges of fourth-degree domestic violence for allegedly "repeatedly punching" her boyfriend, Darren Silver, in the face and "throwing a cap at him" (via The Los Angeles Times). The couple had been living together for three years in Camas, Washington when the fight broke out. Silver is reported to have said that Harding "hooked me like Mike Tyson" during the alleged incident and his face was "bruised and bloody". Harding was released from custody an hour after her arrest and ordered to appear in court. However, Seattle Pi said that he was subsequently convicted on this charge and spent three days in a pre-trial detention center. She was also given two years probation. nine0003
Years later, Harding explained to the University of Oregon School of Law that she had always been the aggressor, only to defend herself in supposedly abusive situations. “I hate violence! I hate arguing and everything,” she said. "If people call me the aggressor, it's because I said, 'No, I'm not going to take it anymore!' 'Leave me alone!' "You can't treat me like that!" So I hit back. In the interview, Harding did not explicitly mention her arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. nine0003
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at and their website at .
Tonya Harding violated her probation
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Tonya Harding also got in trouble with the law because of her alcohol. In April 2002, she was "prosecuted for drunk driving" in Battle Ground, Washington when she "wrecked her pickup truck in a ditch" (via AP). There was a passenger in her car, but fortunately no one was hurt. Per Seattle Pi, Harding claimed that something went wrong with her truck's power steering, but she reportedly failed a sobriety and breath test. Seattle P. also reported that her blood alcohol level was 0.16%, twice the Washington state legal limit and high enough that she faced jail time. At the time, Harding was also on probation due to the aforementioned domestic violence allegation, which could potentially increase the severity of her punishment as she violated probation at all by drinking alcohol. nine0003
On August 9, 2002, Harding was sentenced to 30 days in prison, which was reduced to 10 days on the condition that she attended "12 hours of troubled youth classes." News on 6 . Harding made brief comments after her sentencing. “I am grateful to the judge for giving me the opportunity; Finally, I found out what my problem was: it was alcohol, she said. “I'm glad it happened so no one got hurt, I didn't get hurt and I'm doing the right thing with my life for a change. nine0003
The FBI suspected that Tonya Harding knew about plans to attack Nancy Kerrigan
Focus on Sports/Getty Images press conferences in 1994 (via "30 of 30: The Price of Gold"). But many people think she's lying, and Nancy Kerrigan told the Daily Mail that some of these people were FBI agents. "[The FBI] told me, 'We can't give you hard evidence, but we make a living, and we're convinced that Harding knew about it,'" she said in a 2013 interview. nine0003
People who were once close to Harding also have a hard time believing her claims of ignorance prior to the incident. Sandra Lakou, a childhood friend and director of Sharp Edges, a 1986 film about Harding's first national competition before the world even knew her name, said in 30/30: The Price of Gold that she tries not to discuss does she really think that Harding knew about the attack beforehand because she wants to believe for the best, but claims, "But of course she was involved." Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie said in the film that the consequences Harding suffered for her role in the incident, such as being banned from the United States Figure Skating Association, were "deserved". nine0003
Meanwhile, Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gilloli, now called Jeff Stone, claimed to Deadspin in 2013: "Of course she [knew]. I think most people know that she did it.
Tonya Harding faked skate problems during competition
Bob Martin / Getty Images her to represent the United States at the 19 Olympics94 in Lillehammer, Norway (via Bleach Report). As soon as she got there, Harding allegedly had a problem with her skates, which made her path to the gold medal even more difficult than being at the center of one of the biggest sports scandals in history - her right skate laces were apparently broken.
However, many people in the figure skating world are somewhat skeptical, saying that Harding had problems with her skates during competitions that did not go according to her plan. “This was not the first time that Tony had problems with clothes or skates,” said the Olympic champion 19Paul Wylie is 92 in 30/30: The Price of Gold. “And there was a feeling that no one believed that Tony's skate lace really broke. They thought she started over because she made a mistake. ”
Audrey Williams was an Olympic figure skating judge in 1994 and shares Wylie's skepticism. Williams told Good Housekeeping that she was once a judge at a Skate America event, where Harding stated that her "blade was loose". Williams said she "felt no weakness in the blade." She admitted that she wasn't close enough to Harding at the Olympics to see if the shoelace actually broke, but said she "didn't believe" it was. nine0003
Questionable details related to the former figure skater's sex tape
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In 1994, Penthouse released a sex tape of Tony Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and published footage from it in a magazine. An excerpt from the tape was also broadcast on the Current Affairs program. Seattle Times. The 35-minute video "shows Tonya Harding at a Halloween party wearing a wedding dress ... and at one point she drops the dress to her waist and goes topless," a spokesperson for the publication said. . nine0003
The video is called Tony and Jeff's Wedding Night and has its own IMDb page. Now we don't judge anyone for making a sex tape. As the Chicago Tribune reported in 1994, "Consensual sex, publication is not." That same year, Harding's manager stated that her client was opposed to selling the tape. "She was offered over $600,000 to pose nude and completely rejected the idea," Merrill Eichenberger said (via UPI).
However, many publications, including Deadspin, who spoke to Gillooly (now known as Jeff Stone), have since reported that it was confirmed that he and Harding shared the profits from the sale of the tape - "$200,000 apiece plus royalties" . Hm. nine0003
Tonya Harding has never "directly" apologized to Nancy Kerrigan
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the year of the Winter Olympics after Lillehammer, in 1998, the former rivals were back in the spotlight. Fox airs 'Breaking the Ice', a special in which the women talk face-to-face for the first time since the scandal. Harding did not take responsibility for the attack, instead offering an apology to Kerrigan that does not address any personal fault. nine0003
"Nancy, I want to apologize again for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people," Harding said. “If I had known anything in the beginning, I would have done everything I could to stop it. Something. I mean, for this, I would give up everything that I had in my life.
We won't speculate on the sincerity of Harding's words, but she seems to be talking in circles. Kerrigan confirmed to ABC News in 2017 that she never received a "direct" apology from Harding, adding, "Does it matter at this point?" Well, if that doesn't matter to you, Nancy, then we guess it shouldn't matter to us. nine0003
She can't stop shaming Nancy Kerrigan.
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For someone who said she supposedly 'did everything [she] could stop the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding seems to really enjoy tarnishing her former rival, even in recent years. "She was a great skater, I was a great skater," Harding said of Kerrigan in the 2014 ESPN film The Price of Gold. "But of course she was treated like this huge queen." Harding didn't do the endorsement pacts that Kerrigan did, even before the scandal, and quotes like this make her seem a little bit bitter about it to this day. nine0003
At the Lillehammer Olympics, after Harding confessed to felony obstruction of prosecution (via The New York Times), she said in "The Price of Gold" that she tried to apologize to Kerrigan for the people she interacted with when they trained on the same rink. "But she just blew it off like it didn't mean anything," Harding said. "For her to treat me like I was nothing, like she was taller than me, I mean that's rude." nine0003
Harding also disagreed with the way Kerrigan was treated at the Olympics. "She's a princess and I'm a bunch of shit," said the former figure skater in the film. She also called Kerrigan "a crybaby who didn't win gold", commenting on footage showing Kerrigan looking disappointed that Oksana Baiul was postponing the awards ceremony to put on makeup. Harding said that Kerrigan should have "shut up" and stop "whining".
Tonya Harding has repeatedly clashed with the US Figure Skating Association. nine0066
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It's no secret that Tonya Harding grew up in poverty. Her longtime coach Diane Schatz-Rawlinson explained the severity of Harding's situation back in 1986 in the documentary Sharp Edges. “Skating for Tony is her ticket out of the ditch,” she said. "[She lives] in a terrible rented house, no supervision, no referral, and not much to do." Schatz-Rawlinson added that she paid for many of Harding's figure skating expenses, and sometimes her costumes were homemade. nine0003
Harding recalled a confrontation with a judge who scolded her for wearing a hot pink dress she made herself for the ESPN 30/30: The Price of Gold competition. I said, "Well, you know what? If you can give me $5,000 for a suit, I won't have to make it. But until then, stay out of my face. The vulture reported the conversation.
Tonya Harding often seems to blame the powers that be in her former sport for the consequences of her behavior. “I will never be able to skate competitively again. I was kicked out of the association,” she said on The Price of Gold, upset that she didn’t get real support from the USFSA at the 19 Olympics.94 years old. Harding claimed that they let her go knowing she "won't get the marks she deserves" or "nothing in her life skating-related ever [after this]."
Some of Tony Harding's stories are hard to verify
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The District Attorney of Multnomah County, Oregon, said on ESPN's "30 Out of 30: The Price of Gold" that there was "strong evidence" that that Tonya Harding was involved in planning the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, such as a piece of paper found at Kerrigan's practice rink. information about him. "We checked the handwriting and it was identified as [Tony's] handwriting. " In the same film, Harding claims otherwise. "They checked the handwriting and [it] wasn't mine," she said. In any event, this was not strong enough evidence to charge her with anything more than obstruction of prosecution. But this word of the investigator is against the former suspect. Hm. nine0003
Harding also made serious allegations against family members. She claimed that her late half-brother Chris Davidson raped her in Linda Prowse's biography: The Tony Tapes, and in an interview with the University of Oregon School of Law. Harding's mother claimed the incident was not as serious as Harding had made it out to be and said YES her daughter had a "vibrant imagination". Meanwhile, Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (now Jeff Stone), claimed to Deadspin that most people "laughed" at Harding's claim in Tony's Tapes that he and two other men raped her at gunpoint. nine0003
While it is admittedly often difficult to find people close to Harding to corroborate her various claims, we must note that there is apparently nothing funny about alleged rape and sexual harassment and we simply do not know the truth about either one of these statements. .
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Does Tonya Harding use her infamous place in sports history?
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Tonya Harding didn't lead a quiet life reflecting on the consequences after she was banned from figure skating in 1994 (via The New York Times). She made her debut as a singer in 1995 with a group called The Golden Blades and tried to perform at a fundraising concert but was booed throughout the performance. Desert News. In the early 2000s, she returned to the world of sports and tried herself as a professional boxer, but this was only enough for six matches. “Tonya started boxing too late and was very limited,” said boxing promoter Tony Holden, who worked with Harding for a while.