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Documentary brings back memories of the Tonya-Nancy figure skating scandal

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The Price of Gold

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ESPN's The Price of Gold, directed by Nanette Burstein and available to watch on Netflix and also on Amazon.com, remembers the story of what may be considered the most bizarre drama in Olympic figure skating history. Although the Tonya-Nancy ice skating scandal took place over twenty years ago, figure skating's may increase again with the help of this documentary.

Description:

  • One hour nineteen minutes long
  • Produced in early 2014
  • Available to watch on Netflix or can be purchased as an Amazon.com Instant Download
  • Directed by Nanette Burstein
  • Part of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series
  • Numerous people are interviewed which include Tonya Harding, NBC's and CBS's Connie Chung, Kerrigan's coaches and husband, Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie, Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, and others

Pros:

  • The Price of Gold is an entertaining and interesting.
  • The skating in the film is fun to watch.
  • The viewer will get a first-hand look at the drama that goes on behind the scenes in the figure skating world.

Cons:

  • Nancy Kerrigan declined to be interviewed for The Price of Gold, so this documentary may seem more like Tonya's story than Nancy's.

Review:

The Price of Gold remembers and revisits the story of how elite figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked right after a practice session at the US National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan in early January, 1994. She was hit hard with a hard object on her knee, and the accident made it impossible for her to compete at that important competition, which also served as the 1994 Winter Olympics trials.

Shortly after the competition ended, it was alleged that Tonya Harding, might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy Kerrigan. Both ladies were contenders for the US national figure skating title at the time, but also both had a good chance of winning Olympic medals in 1994.

The film makes it clear that although it was never proved that Tonya Harding was in on the plan to the attack Nancy Kerrigan, that her ex-husband and her bodyguard and two others were part of that plan. The outcome was that Harding did admit that she withheld information and was banned from U.S. Figure Skating for life. Twenty years later, she shares how all that she was about and all she knew was taken away because of that ban. She's survived, but it has not been easy. Kerrigan, on the other hand, made millions after winning an Olympic silver medal and went on to have a happy life.

The Kerrigan-Harding saga boosted figure skating. Twenty years later, the documentary may help figure skating's popularity again increase. Everyone, even those who know very little about figure skating, will enjoy and learn something from the film.

Further reading:

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