Tonya was her own worst enemy. She squandered her talent, was woefully unprepared for the Olympics even before the attack on Kerrigan but through threats forced her way onto the team. She didn't train like she should have and was out of shape and banking on a triple axle she hadn't landed in two years. She didn't belong in Lillehammer and even if she didn't know about the plan to attack her rival she only admitted to knowing after the fact when she wanted to save her own skin. She got what she deserved and her humble background is no excuse for her antics both on and off the ice. Read Scott Hamilton book, Landing it. He has quite a bit to say on the subject.
MICHELLE BLAKE she was trapped in an abusive relationship. The “Why don’t you just leave” crowd will never understand battered women’s syndrome and what it’s like. Jeff likely ramped up his abuse whenever Tonya might have opportunity to shine. I think the 1991 National Championship just caught him off guard. Her skating never recovered after she got back with him prior to the 1992 Olympics.
Tonya was a victim to. I'm not down playing what happened to Nancy at all. So back off trolls. But, if you really take the time to read about Tonya, you will learn how she was a victim of abuse her whole life. And her dreams were stolen as well. She was awesome when she did the tripe A!
I'm sure living resentfully through her daughter, she forced a young child to engage in a very hard sport without seeing what she would naturally gravitate to - if it was anyone besides Tonya, the abuse could have been much, much worse. Tonya did the only thing she could do: get so good that she'd be able to get away from Cruella. Tonya is to be commended.
wow interesting story...... i never new Tonya grew up in Portland Oregon.... LOL its funny when they show the shopping mall with the skating rank in it.... i know right where that is haha..... they don't have the skating rank anymore though... but i remember when i was a kid always going there and seeing people ice skate.
The mother was an alcoholic, so I can see why she had such a hard time. A dysfunctional background that was not Tonya's fault. I can understand a lot of her sadness not having that healthy emotional support. Tonya was an amazing, over the top talented skater, regardless of her background. I can certainly spot disfunction. I think if we were really honest with ourselves and took a look at our own past, I bet a lot of us can understand what she went through emotionally.
Looks like LaVona Golden needs is anger management, psychiatric treatment and guidance counseling. Her psychiatrist explains to LaVona how wrongfully uncalled what she did so much abuse to Tonya Harding. Like Joan Crawford abusing and assaulting her daughter Christina Crawford.
We never heard the real side to Tonya's life. She was made a villain when in reality she was a child pushed towards perfection before she knew what it meant. I now see her human side albeit it's just a clip, but to a child the pressure must have been enormous to please her Mom. It's called child abuse now but back then children were to be seen, not heard. I have empathy for her experience and I understand pleasing your Mom so you would be loved.
Her entire career was ruined by that bastard ex husband. Completely ruined an amazing skating career. She has come such a long way. I’m proud of her. Also, not all trailer parks are trashy. Many trailers are quite nice.
A person who spends years skating and becoming #1 is not anything but wonderful, beautiful, kind , hard working, enduring, intelligent and unique. Tonya rose above everything& everyone, no one can take it away from her, not even the cruel , wicked ones.
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Tonya Harding, the excuse maker. There is something off in her personality, she just seems to have the poor me syndrome. She knew that something was going to happen to Nancy Kerrigan but didnt do anything to help protect her because she didnt care.
Hey POS "mother," new trailer doesn't mean not "trailer trash," to other kids. I grew up the same way, with a mom who "had 3 jobs" (3 jobs, 2 hours a shift, 3 shifts a week ISN'T 3 jobs.) Tanya's not wrong side of tracks, she's ahead of her time. I trained in a mall too, self taught, and Tanya showed that small girls, we are strong, fearless, and fight simply to PROVE ignorant, biased, and closed minded people wrong. My mom was a drunk, abusive cunt too. I definitely see that manipulation and hurt in Tanya. And Tanya will always be a hero to me. She overcame, made history, made mistakes, and got up, spit in the disbelievers faces...and kept trying. That's the "poverty" I grew up in too. Our mother's threw us to sharks and said, "survive." Kids wouldn't know a hard life if they drowned in it now..."oh the team showed up...give them a trophy." Fucking joke of breeding weak ass kids.
"Do or do not, there is no try." -Master Yoda
Watching all these interviews and the Stupid movie. Tonya Takes NO responsibility for NOTHING. Even the story about her "abusive" mom. Having worked in the industry before, I can say one thing for sure.... abusive parents don't work their ass off to help their kids follow their dreams. I have dealt with teens who actually abuse their parents and play victim in every aspect of their lives. As they get older, it gets worse. I'm surprised how many people buy into Hollywood films. Man, play the right music, get the right actors, people will believe ANYTHING!!!!! Her mom was not as bad as she's playing out.
For Tonya's peace of mind she needs to forgive and respect her mothers hard work since Tonya wouldn't have had the chance she did without her mom. Several jobs is tiring and fit into it her child's very expensive hobby. A mother that hates her child isn't going to self sacrifice and sit at a machine and sew outfits for competitions. Her mom may have crossed the line but give her just a tad of credit that she did sacrifice her time and money on her kid.
I see comments comparing who skated better-obviously it was Nancy, which is why Tanya was threatened. I also see comments comparing who looks younger/older, who cares? I remember this incident really well, Tanya has a serious problem and nothing excuses, nothing excuses what she did!
She doesn't seem to like her mom very much. I don't understand why people cant let go and forgive their parents for their short comings . I don't believe anyone grows up in a perfect life with perfect people raising us. I bet we all have things we can say about what our parents didn't do or couldn't give or mistakes that they made as flawed human beings. My parents said and did things wrong but i knew they were decent people just flawed like anyone else. Parents that work extremely hard and dont have much time to be soft . We lived in the city had a pizza shop then later a nice house in the suburbs my dad worked 15 hrs a day just to make sure we had what we did. So tanya's mom worked hard she had no choice. As for trailer trash , definitely a misconception plenty of people who make trailers their homes doesnt make them" trash", its how you live your life. the problem is alot of poor people cant afford more then a trailer but it doesn't mean they deserve that title , what about city ghettos or single homes that need lots of repair they can hide behind a brick facade of well at least its a regular house. I have seen many double wides they are gorgeous inside very nicely decorated you wouldn't even know you were in a trailer . They have come along way with mobiles better material nice layouts and decor etc etc. I was thinking on buying one myself.
people are so easily brainwashed lmao. people are actually saying tonya is "real" and "doesn't lie" lmfao. they claim the "system" didnt support tonya yet that same system didn't support oksana baiul calling her ugly and she still got gold at the olympics. after a certain point in an adults life you can no longer use abusive households as a reason to hurt people and be an all around terrible human being. all of you crying about how she was abused dont even give a fuck that she abused her next husband when she was a boxer and beat him up you only care about this false narrative you've been fed and manipulated into believing. tonya is no poor soul that suffered at the hands of an unjust system. tonya is a monster that went through tough shit but who the fuck hasn't?
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but Don't you think there's a possibility, that Nancy was actually jealous of her, cause Tonya was way better skater than her. So maybe Nancy wanted Tonya out, cause think of it.... How is it possible that a poor girl who didnt have anything was going to be better than her ??
And you can see it in her face! She is so fake, Even when the "incident" was so fake
I love all these posts by people making judgements about Tonya, her mother, etc. YOU DON'T KNOW THESE PEOPLE. What little info you have gleaned from this video and the news, and I, Tonya are not sufficient for you to arrive at ANY conclusive judgements.
If you've seen I, Tonya, one of the main points driven home by the movie is that the ignorant snap judgements of the public can ruin people's lives. I guess nobody caught that.
I’m sorry Tonya seems like an ingrate! Her mother was tough but she sacrificed and worked her ass off to make shit happen financially for Tonyas dream! As a mom, I know what sacrifice it takes for your kids! Her mom was a bitch, ya but she loved her the best she could. 🇺🇸💋
Everybody has problems. She is lucky her mother trusted her and took her to skate. Another mother wouldn´t care and the child in the future would have a job like her mom. I think her mother wanted her to be more than what she could achieve. Tonya isn´t more miserable than many many many young girls in the world.
Summer Sun, her mother worked 3 jobs to afford her lessons plus made her costumes. I'm sure her mother did get upset every now and then. Tonja is mouthy and ungrateful now and surely she was then as well.
Tonya should have come forward when she heard the first peep of the plan to hurt NK, but that being said, she sure got fucked the hardest out of all involved, considering she was the least involved. I don't believe she knew from the beginning. Never have.
Lmao you guys are saying tonya was a bitch and ungrateful. It’s hard to be grateful when you have a mom who punches you and occasionally throws knifes. Also didn’t you see Nancy Kerrigan‘s when she won second? Talk about ungrateful.
Oh get over yourself ffs Tonya. Millions of us had violent, alcoholic, loony parents and millions of us were poor. But you can’t keep using that as an excuse for stropping around with a massive chip on your shoulder forever hun or you just continue to come across as a petulant child.
Not to detract from any suffering or difficulties of others, but doesn’t any lack of self-pity or whining in LaVona deserve an iota of admiration, especially considering her background and having to work multiple jobs ?
Despite her flaws and lack of resources, she was present at the ice rink for her daughter.
Sad for mother and daughter.
My mother would have rum in her coffee to.straighten up to go to work , she and her man were big alcoholic 's . I had drunks pass out in my bed with me in it, piss in my closet thinking it was the toilet. Fights everynight , men fighting busting threw my door, women crying after the fight, men abusing woman...omg. I use to walk over drunks on the floor coming home for lunch from school, they would grab my leg and say " hi sweetheart ", if a couple were coherent they would give loose change out of their pockets and I would go to.the store for candy. I seen lots .I don't blame anyone and I turned out fine ! The commentators always praised Tonya when she skated..she is such a liar and ruined her future all by herself. My mother wouldn't care if I made it to school let alone a commitment as skating. We could Never afford that , I couldn't go to Brownies cuz they didn't want commitment. I wasn't damaged and a lot of other people have the same upbringing and worse that didn't do what trashy Tonya did.
She would have wiped the competition with or without her husband meddling with her career. Only problem is that her family and husband didn’t believe in her so they plotted against Kerrigan. She was good; she was freaking good, and it’s tragic that no matter how you paint this story, the infamy will always be tacked against her even though she knew she was better than everybody else.
I have to laugh at her going on about how she got to wear her skating outfit for her school photo so she could use the photo for figure skating. So what! She was poor so are many people. How is that so horrible that she used it for two purposes. She sounds like s spoiled brat.
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