Director Nanette Burstein interviewed Tonya Harding extensively for this ESPN 30 for 30 documentary now playing on Netflix. And while Nancy declined to participate, her husband and coaches do. The piece is packed with old footage and interviews of Tonya as a kid and presents her as a sympathetic, working-class girl with an alcoholic mother, strong work ethic, and incredible talent.
Using news clips, present-day interviews, and other illumining storytelling tactics, we get a clearer picture of the '90s figure skating world that was hostile to "white trash" and overtly athletic Tonya. Watching, it becomes clear that as Tonya got older, she was often her own worst enemy, failing to train and often confronting the judges. But it's hard not to see how she got screwed by an unfair sport and an abusive mother and husband, while Nancy Kerrigan went on to find Olympic and financial success before and after the attack.
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