- The role of William Morris, as a talent agency, goes waaaay beyond publicity. It would have been negotiating and managing all of Baiul's income-generating deals.
- According to the article, the $170 million includes not only compensatory damages (including interest, which compounded over many years would add up), but also punitive damages (presumably hefty).
- $170 million is the total amount that Baiul's lawsuit is seeking from multiple defendants (not only William Morris).
- I'm not a lawyer, but I believe it might be standard operating procedure for plaintiffs to name sky-high amounts in such lawsuits, with the hope that defendants will agree to settle for slightly more down-to-earth -- but still very sizable -- amounts.
Oksana has had one business venture after another. Skating costume designs. Jewelry designs she hawked on QVC. Each one came with a different 'fiance' who vanished after the business foundered and failed. Her latest fiance is the lawyer who is pushing this lawsuit. Quel surprise!
I have to say, that gold medal seems sometimes to have done Oksana more harm than good. Meanwhile, Nancy seems to be at peace with herself. She has married and brought up a family, lives pretty much under the radar, and still skates occasionally. (The awful occurrence of her father's death at her brother's hands isn't related to any hunger for fame or wild living on her part.)
Except for that year of great achievement, where Oksana was at the brief peak of her skating skills, she seems to have become someone whose passage through life it's very painful to watch.
Still she HAS come a long way from her "rebellious teenage behavior".
Yeah but the girl didn't have $13,000 for a Vera Wang either. She has done smoe great exhibitions and shows and she is a pure and rare talent. Sad she had some struggles though.
As I recall, Kerrigan didn't pay for the dress. Vera Wang may have donated it. It was great publicity for her, and she as a former skater would have been happy to have her name associated with a possible Olympic champion. The Kerrigans were not wealthy.
After Nancy was assaulted, Vera I'm sure wanted to do something good for her. Sad that Oksana is still the same diva that mistakenly won the gold. She was amazing tho in a few skates in her teen years. She hit at the height of the money fame. Kwan was getting a million an appearance so Oksana likely was making much money, but that much? Seems unlikely.
To my mind, she was one of those who captured lightning... but it was fleeting.
She had a compelling and sympathetic story and she was a good skater.
She will not go down in history as one of the great Olympic champions, but she deserved the win, I suppose. I preferred Kerrigan's skate, but I can see why the slim majority of judges preferred Oksana.
and Kerrigan skated in an era (mainly) that allowed for minimum sponsorships... though she made it big right around the time the rules were relaxed.