to the moment of impact, Nancy Kerrigan was truly an innocent victim. And when juicy reports squealed that her
rival's entourage was involved, I joined the dutiful majority in praising
Well, yes and no.
Watching her endless "no comments" during the build up to the finals, I came to feel that, contrary to popular image, she displayed neither dignity nor distance. She could have challenged the media frenzy, but chose not to.
her making something like the following press statement in
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"Tonya Harding represents no more or less of a threat to me, and has no more claim on my attention than the two dozen other skaters who are competing for the Gold. Tonya and I have never been friends and I don't expect that to change, regardless of the outcome of the legal proceedings in the coming months.
The issue, of course, is whether or not she had advance knowledge of the attack. I do not have any special insight into that, nor do I have the luxury to speculate. I was a victim, not a witness.
I don't blame you in the media for thinking and writing about it. To an outsider, it's naughty fun. It's your job, and you do it well.
My job is to skate.
I can say this about Tonya, based on what I read in the papers and see on TV: She has not had a simple or pleasant life. I feel sorry for her, as I feel sorry for Oksana Baiul, who had an even bumpier road. Many high level performers have buried sorrow.
I simply cannot know if I am angry at her. If she is guilty of planning this attack, then I both feel sorry for her and want to see her severely punished. If she found out about it after the fact, then she is a victim herself. In either case, she clearly has not had the fortune, judgement or inner strength to surround herself with trustworthy, decent people. She is not the only women in this situation.
Again, I have no knowledge, and at this point, no interest in whether she was complicit. That is a legal question which others will decide in due course.
My faith and tranquility were attacked; threatened. But at least I had a store of them to begin with.
I hope I win a Gold Metal. I hope that if Tonya is innocent she wins a Silver Metal. We are here to skate.
Watch us skate."
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the wet blanket that would have thrown on those of us whose only
interest was voyeuristic. But
She kept it personal. She kept it interesting.
She is, in her way, as down and dirty as Tonya.
She really is a class, act.