• "The Portlandian" - February 16, 2019 edition

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    The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

    February 16, 2019 Edition - SPECIAL TRIPLE AXEL DAY EDITION
    (C) 2019 Portland Ice Skating Society
    http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************

    Happy Triple Axel Day! Yes, it's now 28 years since Tonya became
    the second woman in the world (and the first American one) to
    land that jump in Minneapolis back in '91.

    Witnessing Tonya land that triple axel in person would be the
    Tonyaphile equivalent of being at Woodstock when Hendrix was on
    stage. Or being at a Pistols gig in '77, and getting spat on by
    Sid Vicious. In other words, about as cool as you can get. For
    the vast bulk of us who were not members of that privileged
    elite, however, we must make do with YouTube to fill in the gap:

    Here's the real version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8va2i2vENw

    And here's the movie one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1VBv0mSFkE


    Although it's been little more than a month since our last issue,
    much has been happening in Tonya-land, so let's get right down to
    it. First up, an important speaking engagement for Tonya that has
    been recently announced.


    TONYA TO RAISE MONEY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

    Domestic violence is a subject that has been in the news a lot
    over the past two years since the start of the #MeToo movement,
    most recently with the documentary series "Lorena", which has
    seen another 90's punchline, Lorena Bobbitt, getting an overdue
    re-examination.

    Now Tonya will be telling of her own experiences: she will be
    speaking at the Domestic Violence Clinicís 20th anniversary
    Celebration Gala and Fundraiser at the University of Oregon in
    Eugene in March:

    https://around.uoregon.edu/content/tonya-harding-speak-domestic-violence-clinic-fundraiser

    "This is me telling people what I had to go through and how I
    have gotten through it," Harding said. "Iím hoping that I can
    help someone else."

    Merle Weiner, professor at the School of Law and faculty
    director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, believes Hardingís
    story will resonate with survivors and bring to light the work
    done by the clinic in Lane County.

    "We serve victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual
    assault," Weiner said. "Tonya experienced all these things ó
    and she survived. Tonya knows personally how victims need to
    be believed and supported, and how legal help can be beyond
    oneís reach. We want to ensure that women like Tonya have
    access to legal resources. We can help."

    "Domestic violence happens everywhere," Harding said. "It
    happens every single day and so much of it we donít see."

    With this new platform, Harding wants people to realize that
    for many domestic violence victims, talking to a friend or
    picking up a phone and asking for help is a difficult thing to
    do.

    "It took a long time for me to ask for help because I was
    ashamed," Harding said. "I felt small, belittled and thought
    that I didnít amount to anything. I had to realize that I am
    worth something. Every day, I have to push forward no matter
    what is thrown my way, and thatís really hard to do. But if
    you want to succeed at just living life, you have to take it
    one step at a time."

    The event will take place on March 14, 2019 from 6:00Ė8:00 p.m at
    the University's Ford Alumni Center. Tickets range from from $25
    to $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, no-host bar, music, silent
    auction, awards, and presentation from Tonya:

    https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/family-law-dv-event


    TONYA IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

    Tonya has also been busy on Instagram - she's posted a new photo
    showing her truck after a recent snowfall:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Btq0qbRnlih/

    "I always knew I lived in a magical Winter Wonderland!" she
    commented. Well, it might not be a white Christmas, but better
    late than never. And since neither Winter Wonderland, Let It
    Snow, Frosty the Snowman or Jingle Bells actually mention
    Christmas, there's no reason why she can't listen to them anyway.


    THE LONG SHADOW OF '94

    The biggest Tonya-related event of last month was one where the
    participants would have rather avoided the connection - January
    saw the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals being held in Detroit for
    the first time since the Incident. And landing on the 25th
    anniversary of that event, it was wishful thinking on the part of
    the organizers to think that Tonya's shadow would not be looming
    large.

    Naturally the media didn't hesitate to use the opportunity to do
    a full rehash. First up was the Detroit Free Press with a very
    lengthy 25th anniversary article: interviewed are The Kwan, Benny
    Napoleon and Brian Boitano amongst others. The saddest revelation
    is probably Boitano's one that pro figure skating is now almost
    completely dead; most startling one is that the organizers
    actually considered using a midnight screening of "I, Tonya" as a
    publicity gimmick - but unsurprisingly the USFSA nixed the idea:

    https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/jeff-seidel/2019/01/17/nancy-kerrigan-tonya-harding-detroit-2019-us-figure-skating-championships/2548995002/

    "We were talking about promotion and media," Swallow said.
    "The movie, 'I, Tonya,' was about to be released. I said,
    'What if Detroit did something like the ĎRocky Horror Picture
    Show,' where there is a midnight showing of ĎI, Tonyaí, at one
    of our great theaters, and everyone can dress up in costume
    and come. (U.S. Figure Skating) didnít like that idea, so we
    knew to avoid the topic to some degree. But you canít. You
    canít avoid it."

    If the coolest thing you could be in the 1980's was a badly-
    shaven vice cop from Florida, the coolest thing you could be in
    the 90's was a top-level figure skater. Skaters were like rock
    stars. Sad to say, those days are long gone.


    TONYA STUNT DOUBLE COMPETES AT NATIONALS

    There are some things you can always rely on.

    That the Pope wears a funny hat. That the sun will come up
    tomorrow.

    That Christine Brennan would write a Tonya-themed article while
    the US Figure Skating Nationals were being held on the 25th
    anniversary of The Whack in the same city.

    For a moment, we thought we'd got away cleanly. What fools we
    were...

    Fortunately this one is about something positive: also competing
    was Heidi Munger, who was one of Margot's two stunt doubles in
    the movie. She also plays one of Tonya's competitors, the girl
    who is skating before her to classical music at Skate America
    around 21 minutes in:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/110192628/i-tonya-scandal-revisited-at-us-figure-skating-championships

    Here's some more pictures of Heidi, at the "I, Tonya" premiere in
    L.A. - including some of her with the real Tonya!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf7NdUzFTeF/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BcYFsaOlICF/

    A box of stuff Margot sent to her as a token of appreciation for
    her work:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BQsYE86BPWj/


    ALYSA LIU LANDS TRIPLE AXELS AND BREAKS RECORD

    Even without the media doing their predictable regurgitations of
    you-know-what, Tonya couldn't be avoided in other ways: the
    Nationals saw Alysa Liu, who at 13 has become the youngest U.S.
    Ladies champion, landing not one but TWO triple axels in her Free
    Skate (and one in her Short Program as well), thereby giving the
    announcers an excuse to mention Tonya again. Could we be looking
    at the next Kwan?

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/25/alysa-liu-figure-skating-nationals-champion


    ICY BLASTS FROM THE PAST

    If '91 for Tonyaphiles was like Woodstock, then '94 was more like
    Altamont. Here's a guy who was actually at the Joe Louis arena in
    '94 when it all went down:

    Ron Runyon says: "I'll never forget nor can ever accurately
    describe the 'sound wave' of the rumor of what transpired once
    off-the ice as it spread and circulated up into the stands. . .
    It was distinct, roaring, person to person, upward row by row!!!!
    ... when my ice dance partner was told, then turned to me to
    relay the news - I SAID 'You KNOW that was Tonya Harding and her
    red-neck husband '... lolol, everyone laughed, I did not, I
    KNEW!!!!! Nancy should kiss Tonya's big toe, WHAT OTHER SILVER
    OLYMPIC MEADLIST can you name off! ?!"

    You can read his full account here at the THNK1994 Museum's
    Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/THNK1994/posts/761542764043896?comment_id=762463160618523

    He's also got a nice photo of himself and Tonya as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156155598148933&set=p.10156155598148933&type=3


    Meanwhile, Twitter user @ByColtonWood has posted pictures of his
    copy of the official program from '94:

    "The last time nationals came to Detroit was 1994, a year marred
    with the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan controversy. John Engler
    was the governor of MI and Bill Clinton was the president. This
    1994 nationals official program is a real blast from the past."

    https://twitter.com/ByColtonWood/status/1089606438761218048

    Thanks to Olivia Rose Sanchez of the WeTonya Facebook page for
    alerting us to this.


    THNK1994 MUSEUM HOLDS RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

    This weekend also sees the THNK1994 museum in New York holding a
    retrospective exhibition. In addition to the Permanent Collection
    of THNK-related artwork, there will also be pieces from the
    various special exhibitions devoted to Millennial pop culture
    that they have held over the past four years:

    - The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi
    - Yama Kippi Yay Bo: A Celebration of Kim Cattrall
    - Popculturediedin2009: Nicole Richieís 2007 Memorial Day BBQ
    - Real Housewives Pointing Fingers
    - The Moon is a Planet, Darling
    - Celebrities Smoking in the Bathroom at the Met Ball
    - Davidís Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard
    - Anna Wintour Double Crossing Her Legs
    - The Fantasy Art of Celebrity Perfume

    The Museum has come a long way over the past four years since it
    started off its existence in the hallway of a small Brooklyn
    apartment. If you're not familiar with it, this article gives a
    good intro, along with pictures of some of the merch they've got
    available:

    https://www.wmagazine.com/story/tonya-harding-paintings-merch-thnk1994

    As an example of the kind of stuff they have, here's something by
    - well, we don't know if we should even be mentioning his name.
    It's Derek. Derek Smith. But definitely not to be confused with
    that other Derrick Smith with a different spelling:

    http://www.thnk1994.com/derek-prints/derekprints-bzaxr-smxfn-awh25

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BbkhmFYF6m6/

    For more info, check out the details at:

    http://www.thnk1994.com/retrospective


    ROCK OPERA RETURNS TO NEW YORK

    The start of the month also saw a new performance of "Tonya &
    Nancy: The Rock Opera" in New York, which took place at the
    Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York on February 4th for one night.
    Directed by Rachel Klein, the cast included Becca Kotte as Tonya,
    Sara Jean Ford as Nancy, Cheryl Stern as both mothers, Jared
    Zirilli as Jeff, and Heidi Friese, Chase Kamata, Ryan MacConnell
    and Colin Barkell, among others, with Henry Aronson as Musical
    Director. A selection of photos from the performance can be found
    at the link below:

    http://www.playbill.com/article/go-inside-abingdon-theatre-companys-one-night-only-concert-of-tonya-nancy-the-rock-opera

    Word is that further productions "on both coasts" are in the
    works. For more information, see:

    http://www.tonyaandnancytherockopera.com


    TONYA'S NOT IN THE HOUSE

    Long-time Tonyaphiles will know that Tonya has frequently had to
    put up with people spreading false rumors about her as a way of
    getting cheap publicity. January saw another example of this with
    a rumor floating around for several days claiming that Tonya
    would be on the upcoming season of "Celebrity Big Brother". The
    rumor stemmed from a list posted by someone calling themselves
    "Secret Susan" who claimed to be a Big Brother insider.

    Well, the official list has now been released by CBS, and guess
    what? Tonya's name was NOT on it. In fact, Secret Susan's list
    was almost completely wrong, with only three names being correct,
    and those were probably just lucky guesses anyway.

    https://www.inquisitr.com/5248107/celebrity-big-brother-season-2-cast-officially-released-by-cbs/

    It's yet another case of some bulls**t artist using Tonya to
    promote themselves. But hey, it keeps Tonya's name in the public
    eye, so perhaps it wasn't a bad thing. And we can tell you that
    Tonya will definitely be on the celebrity edition of "America's
    Worst Cooks" in a few weeks, as that was all shot and in the can
    months ago.


    AT THE VIDEO STORE: DIAGNOSIS MURDER - MURDER ON THIN ICE

    "The Incident" has inspired several fictional stories over the
    years; one of the early ones was an episode of the TV series
    "Diagnosis Murder" from 1996 called "Murder on Thin Ice". For
    those unfamiliar with the series, Dick Van Dyke plays a doctor
    who is occasionally brought in as a consultant by his police
    detective son to use his medical knowledge to solve crimes.

    The episode starts in the expected manner, with a figure skater
    being assaulted at a skating contest - but in this case it's the
    Tonya-type skater who gets attacked. The assailant, who is
    quickly apprehended, is a Gilloolyish-looking thug called Shawn,
    the ex-manager of her Nancy-type rival Debbie (though it seems
    he's more of a crazed fan than a real manager). However, it
    actually turns out that the Tonya-skater has paid him 50 grand to
    fake the attack so she wouldn't have to compete against Debbie.
    When Gillooly-guy starts to get greedy and threatens to expose
    the whole plot unless he gets more money, Tonya-skater kills him
    by hitting him with one of her skates, and then swaps the skate
    blade with those of Nancy-skater to frame her for the murder.

    Like "Columbo" two decades before, it's a "how catch 'em" rather
    than a whodunnit, with the mystery being what mistake the killer
    will make that gets them caught rather than their identity. Van
    Dyke's doctor eventually pins the crime on Tonya-skater after
    recognizing that the distinctive marks left on the ice by her
    triple axel places her at the scene of the crime that evening.

    It's pretty dismal even by the standards of 90's network TV, and
    definitely isn't likely to get any fans amongst Tonyaphiles. They
    could have had the originality to make the Nancy-skater the
    murderer, but at least they didn't call the villain "Sonya" or
    "Tanya" or something else obvious, so perhaps we should be
    grateful for small mercies. Main asset here is blonde hottie
    Julie Benz as the Tonya-skater - who, as a former competitive
    ice dancer, actually does her own skating here, thereby affording
    the director more freedom as he doesn't have to hide the use of a
    stunt double - and cameos by Peggy Fleming, Tai Babilonia & Randy
    Gardiner as themselves.

    This has been on line for some years, but only as grotty off-air
    VHS rips, and only recently has it been uploaded in broadcast
    quality. But if this is typical of what the rest of the series is
    like, I'll be sticking to my old "Columbo" DVDs - in the case of
    this episode, the diagnosis is one of call an ambulance.

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ve81m

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6sdk6k


    SKATE IT LIKE BECKHAM

    Finally, it seems Tonya has acquired another fan - footballer
    David Beckham's seven-year-old daughter Harper. David and his
    wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, took their entire
    family ice skating at Queen's Skate Dine Bowl in London recently
    to celebrate their son Cruz's upcoming 14th birthday.

    The idea came from Harper, who has become a big ice-skating fan
    after watching "I, Tonya" and was given a pair of skates for
    Christmas as a result.

    https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/david-victoria-beckham-take-kids-skating-celebrate-cruzs-birthday-1183508.html

    Sadly, David wasn't so competent, having to resort to a penguin-
    shaped teaching aid to keep upright. I think we can safely say he
    won't be exchanging his football boots for figure skates anytime
    soon. And much as we welcome another Tonyaphile, we do have to
    wonder why a 7-year-old girl is watching a 15-rated movie.

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    VISIT THESE GREAT TONYA WEB SITES:

    PortIce - http://www.pdxiss.org
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    Charlie Main - http://www.charliesweb.com/tonya/tonya.html
    Puppetboy - http://www.usapaul.net/tonya/
    Valerie Smith - http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/LilHam.html
    Swan Lake - http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html
    Blades of Gold - http://members.tripod.com/tmhfan/index.html *****************************************************************

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