TONYA HARDING, a villainess in public minds during an Olympic figure skating fiasco with NANCY KERRIGAN in 1994, was being saluted as a hero yesterday, after helping to save a woman's life Sunday night at a bar in suburban Portland, Ore., near her home. Shortly after Harding and her godmother LINDA LEWIS stopped at the Lost and Found Saloon to play video poker, ALICE OLSON, 81, collapsed and stopped breathing. Harding called 911 with her cellular phone and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
It must be hard to sit around for 6 weeks not knowing what your sentence will be. I guess it gives you time to prepare for the worst case scenario? Seems like it would be terribly stressful.
Over the weekend, I was watching a videotape of her from about eight or ten years ago, and I thought about how much talent and charisma she had, but how tragic it was that she couldn't manage to really put it all together into her skating career. Even with the inconsistencies over her career, she was charming to watch.
Yes, she has a world bronze...but she was capable of so much more. I don't think that the medal count is indicative of "having it all together". It's just a sampling of what was possible. Tonya Harding & Christopher Bowman have already been mentioned - I'd add Oksana Baiul to that list. I'd also like to mention Michelle Kwan, Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko - I'd say they've done well, but no Olympic gold for any of them - does that mean that they DON'T have it all together? I think that they do, in the ways that count more than Olympic medals.
As for jail time, it's pretty well-known that recidivism is high - Nicole Bobek is more likely to learn some new tricks for when she gets out than to be reahabilitated.
I know this comment belongs in PI but since we had a discussion about gay parenting already, putting drug users (and minor dealers) in prison is so counterproductive. A really pointless waste of money.
And when she gets out of prison, it's not like job offers are going to be plentiful and it's going to be easy to revert back to dealing as a source of income.
Very sad, it's a cycle that is so difficult to break.
Even sadder that it's not some random Jenny from the Bronx we're talking about. Bobek had the potential to be a multiple World and Olympic medalist. As someone already mentioned, she had absolutely stunning looks to go with it meaning she could be living off endorsements and tv appearances for years to come after finishing her eligible career.
Such a shame.
P.S. In case I was not clear, Olympic silver and bronze medallists are losers, too. They should off themselves also.
Colour me displeased when a jumping bean comes out of nowhere and grabs the Olympic Gold Medal.
Actually the Olympic gold medalists are all losers as well unless they broke the 3 gold record like Sonja Henie. Just saying. And don't try to spin it and say any skater today could beat Sonja's record if we just beamed them back into time.
Yes I'm kidding
Nicole definitely had a lot of potential, and like Tonya Harding and Chris Bowman before her, she was screwed by herself, not by USFS or anyone else. Hopefully she might be able to get her life together in the future.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
WOW, have her looks ever changed!!!! For the worst!!!
I think that this sad story serves as a reminder that being blessed with extraordinary gifts is not a free pass to extraordinary success. Along with the talent comes the responsibility to develop it, and some people are able to embrace that fully and some are not. Nicole appeared to have enormous potential... beauty, a strong and graceful body, musicality, a competitive spirit, and she clearly worked at developing it, and although she had some great success, she didn't achieve the greatness that many expected her to achieve. But, I wouldn't lay that at her feet. I'd simply say that she just didn't have something she needed to take her over the top.
Maybe the judge will give her community service and parole instead of jail? Jail does seem counter productive? She could go and give speeches to high school kids about not getting involved in drugs etc?
Teach skating or dance to less fortunate kids?
Alternatively, a low security prison where she could lead the inmates in exercises etc? Didn't Martha Stewart do this?
That wasn't bad skating for such a small rink. Her only jumps were a single axel and a double toe but to be fair, not much else could have been managed on such a tiny rink. I always loved her glide over the ice, there was something special about it.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
I think her sentence should be no less than is the standard. Otherwise the message given will be there is one justice system for the famous and/or rich and another for 'ordinary' people.