Do you really love Tonya Harding? You’re just being ironic about that, right?
I am probably incapable of irony, and yes, I really do love Tonya Harding. I grew up in Oregon, and as an Oregonian I feel it’s my duty to defend her against all her critics (I’m not alone in this). However, it does go deeper than that. I love Tonya for two reasons: (1.) Because she’s actually an amazing skater, something everyone has managed to forget—to wit, she was the first American woman (and the second woman ever) to land a triple axel in competition, and (2.) In a sport where balletic grace and traditional femininity were and are considered necessary, she was a tireless dynamo who succeeded because of physical power and stamina rather than a dancer’s sensibility, something few other skaters ever had the bravery—or the strength—to do.
Will all of the questions here be so exhaustingly pointless?
Who are your other favorite figure skaters?
Carol Heiss, Janet Lynn, Emi Watanabe, Denise Biellmann, Elaine Zayak, Elizabeth Manley, Debi Thomas, Jill Trenary, Midori Ito, Brian Boitano, Elvis Stojko, Philippe Candeloro, and Yuzuru Hanyu.
Who is the greatest actress in the world?
How many times have you seen Showgirls?
Between 25 and 30.
Doesn’t that cause brain damage?
Actually, I think that pizza water;;;;.
Have you ever been to Casa Bonita?
Yes! Here’s a picture to prove it (I’m standing next to the fake lake right before the cliffdiving show).
Who are your heroes?
Glenn Gould, Mark Rothko, Jay DeFeo, and Barbra Streisand’s character in What’s Up, Doc?