Of course, the drag queens re-enacted the Tonya/Nancy saga
Tonya was my first favorite skater, but let's not let Tonya lie her way out of it:
When a company produces a pen, the ink varies from batch to batch similar to a cake mix. Each vat of ink is just a little bit different.
The FBI had her NAILED. They found HER fingerprints on the pen, in the trash with the schedule - The ink from the pen was an exact chemical match for the ink on the paper schedule.
There is no question that she was at least involved with ALL of the planning.
All the above were the facts of the case back then, from the news.
In any case, Nancy couldn't help the fact that Tonya came across as more of a scrapper because of her background and temperament. In the skating world, actually Nancy was more like Tonya than she was like Kristi (the daughter of a well-to-do dentist) or Rachael Flatt (the only child of two successful scientists, a biochemical engineer and a molecular biologists). The idea that somehow Nancy is the sort of person who would benefit from being taken down a peg or two is contradicted by the actual situation.
I'm not saying any of this to start an argument, but rather because I remember too many news articles from the time (including a particularly provocative one in Ms. Magazine) that seemed to imply that this incident was the natural outcome of a street kid fighting for her place in the sun among the prom queens. Nancy was not a prom queen; she just looked like one.
I had forgotten what a great jumper Tonya was. What a shame she has always been such a train wreck. Then there is that awful tacky dress that looks like she made it herself in home ec class...compared to Nancy's Vera Wang number. Still, Tonya just doesn't get it, always excuses. I don't think she is a person who ever takes any responsibility for her behavior, nor will she ever.
I don't know what it is about Nancy, but she still seems off putting and stuck up. I think it is the way she talks-"northeastern lockjaw". The interview at the end softened her a bit. She sure was lucky that Kristy decided to retire after '92. I do hope she isn't sticking that youngest son into figure skating, as he looks to be a very gifted gymnast.
What I never got was the treatment of Nancy. In our psycho-media country, everybody suddenly turned against her for what exactly.....? Oh yes. They wanted her give the MOUSE that medal to wear. Over my DEAD body if it was mine. As a HUGE Baiul fan, her comment about Oksana's crying didn't bother me at all.
Out of the two, it is Nancy, the victim, who has a very mellow attitude about it now, wishing Tonya her best, while Tonya is winy, rude, lying, and insulting.
I really liked the IDEA of Tonya, but the reality rarely lived up to it. There was something very slow and methodical in her routines, even when she was technically skating fast. I feel like the go-to excuse for her was always that she wasn't "pretty princess" enough, but grace, posture, lines, musicality aren't merely frivolous judging preferences. They ARE figure skating. And if you can't master them, you'll be rightfully penalized. And additionally, while her jumps were big, they were also often tilted and heavily muscled out, so you can't even compare them to Midori Ito's gorgeous, effortless jumps.
Which is all to say that I think the skating community actually tried with Tonya. I think they DID see her potential, but she just couldn't deliver consistently. In 1991, they proved they were willing to reward her when she brought the goods. But from 1992 on, she rarely did, and so her skating fell off, not because everyone "hated" her for not being pretty, but because her programs were lackluster and her commitment wasn't there. But to this day, I don't think Tonya has admitted that to herself. She looks at 1994, a year where she should've been kicked off the Olympic team and then disqualified during the free skate, and instead sees a vicious figure skating association who only let her compete because they knew she wouldn't win and a judging panel that gave her a later skating placement just to screw up her timing.
As for the question of who would've won the gold under the new judging system...I believe Oksana had 3 two-footed landings across her two programs that year, that I would imagine would've had her in 2nd.