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    another sad article about Tonya

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5085404/

    Another sad (at least to me) article about the continuing downward spiral of Tonya's life. It focuses on her boxing career.

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    that's soooo sad!

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    I hate to say it... but I'm tired of it being her family's fault every time ya turn around... it's been 10 1/2 years? time to move on.

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    This statement is a bit bogus:

    In the 1970s, the decade of her birth, Tonya was the 52nd most popular name in the United States. In 1993, the year before the attack on Kerrigan, Tonya was ranked 570th. Three years later, it had dropped to 922nd, and since 1998, it has disappeared altogether from a list of 1,000 popular names.

    First of all, it was always very uncommon to spell it that way. Most people either spell it Tonia (as in Kwiatkowski) or Tanya (as in Tucker). Secondly, it's silly because the name Charles didn't suddenly take a nosedive after the Tate/La Bianca murders, and Timothy (as in McVeigh) continues to be as popular as ever.

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    The list doesn't (or hasn't, in the past) distinguished between spellings. So "Tonya" and all it's variations are lumped together. Whether or not she is part of the decline, I don't know.

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    I agree with Idleracer, the name thing is really reaching. I don't think Tonya herself ruined that name. Some names just go into decline and others become popular. You don't see that many Nancys either, are we to assume that is because she acted so atrociously at the Lillehammer medal ceremony and later verbally assaulted Mickey Mouse? LOL, no. It is a cycle. But, I would dare to say that Adolf may be one name that went into serious decline mainly because of its most famous example. At any rate, I still feel sorry for Tonya. She is all screwed up for various reasons and I refuse to delight in anyone's misfortune or muddled life.

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    She could skate to(or box!)Courtney Love!

    Some people keep stumbling and stumbling,Tonya & Courtney being a few.Oksana Baiul straightened herself out,as did Jennifer Capriati,and others.Tonya's life seems to be a long drawn out pathos.

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    She doesn't sound like she is doing too poorly. At least she seems like she is in shape.

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    My goodness why doesn't the poor girl hang up the boxing gloves and just teach skating in some remote skating club? We have rinks in the far north regions of BC that are always looking for skating instructors. I am sure her abilities in figure skating would be appreciated.

    Why does she insist on being pummeled? Makes no sense!!!

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    She could make a pretty decent living, just teaching FS.....if only she accepted the situation and moved on with her life.

    I would not have recognized the woman in that picture as Tonya Harding.

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    Lad: Unfortunately, Tonya cannot accept the possibility of living life in obscurity. She feels she was "wronged" and that the world owes her the fame she was denied. Other skater's reaped fame and fortune after 1994, she became a pariah. She's going to achieve fame and fortune if it kills her.

    I don't have the energy to feel sorry for her anymore.

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    Well the article said that she was teaching at a small rink in Portland but switched to boxing so she could make more money. With her lifetime suspension from the USFSA, what kind of hope does she have coaching? The real money in coaching is getting top level pupils to national competitions. Can Tonya even attend a USFSA competition? I don't think that she would be allowed to set foot anywhere near nationals.

    I think the ban is ridiculous and what's even worse is that she can't skate anywhere (not even with the pros). While I will be the first to admit that she got herself into this mess, I think it's kind of scary how she has absolutely no outlet for her athletic talent. I think that in addition to the financial rewards of boxing (having a nest egg), I think that boxing offers her an athletic outlet. She might not be very good at it now but maybe if she works at it.....

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    She acts like people just decided to shun her for no reason. Not true. People dont want anything to do with her because of her role in what happened to Nancy.

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    I have to admit that I feel sorry for her. She is just so pathetic. She's got this coach who claims he wants her to have a couple of million in the bank, yet she earns $10K-$15K per fight and hasn't had a paycheck in months. Huh? What's up with that? Where is this supposed $2 million coming from?

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    I loved Tonya's skating before the "whack that was heard around the world"........I'm wondering if she's trying to garner enough controversial involvements to pen a book or a movie deal.....shoot, she's got enough experiences now to launch a twelve episode mini-series........42

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