Earlier this season, I wrote a post about a documentary that takes another look at the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal from 1994. I found a video of it on youtube so for those of you who are curious, watch it before it gets taken down.
I found that the documentary was fascinating and explored some of the darker corners of the sport including the influence of the judges and the media. I think it also really gives a prime example of the bigger issue of gender, sports and endorsements first mentioned in that Slate article. If you haven’t or don’t have time to read the article the main argument is that for female athletes, their looks are more important than their successes in their respective sport – they have to fit a specific image to be marketable and get endorsements and if they don’t have that image, they have to work harder so that their successes can overshadow their image. This differs from the marketability of male athletes whose image is secondary to their successes in the sport in terms of their marketability
In any case, watch the documentary and tell me what you think in the comments! Were you more sympathetic towards Tonya or do you think she still had a part in the attack?
~The Rinkside Cafe