Nancy shows poor sportsman-ship!

Nancy shows poor sportsman-ship!

Post by Andre Bratu - CNED/W » Thu, 03 Mar 1994 12:03:29




: >
: >
: >>After hearing all the terrible things that Oksana went through in her
: >>youth (not that she's still not young!), I'm very glad she won tonight...
: >>I found her performace very involving and graceful...The problem with
: >>Nancy is that she's not very likeable...She's beautiful until she
: >>opens her mouth...Then it's all over!!!  Oksana smiled at the audience;
: >>she invovled them...Nancy just skated robotically and showed no
: >>emotion...I think that hurt her...
: >
: >>What bothered me was a soundbite I caught as Nancy and Chen waited for the
: >>medal ceremony to start...Nancy had portrayed herself as so happy to have
: >>won silver, etc., then when the medal ceremony didn't start on-time she
: >>snipped something about how she couldn't understand why Oksana's makeup
: >>took so long.  "She'll just cry and it'll be ruined" (or something like
: >>that)...Nancy said it with such malice!  What a spoiled rotten brat...I
: >>lost all respect for her after I heard that...She's just as trashy and
: >>two-faced as Harding...
: >
: >>-Rob

: >
: >Is the problem here poor sportsmanship or media run amok? I admit I'm a
: >fan of Nancy's but I really think that putting a camera on *anyone* *all
: >the time* would make them look like shit.  I'm not a Tonya fan, but I
: >felt the same way when CBS felt compelled to put a camera on her in the
: >locker room for the entire time she dealt with her skate lace! We've
: >gotten so used to this unrelenting media intrusion that we've lost the
: >capacity to realize how bizarre it is. The fact of the matter is that
: >Nancy was entitled, as a human, to feel a little pissed, a little bitter,
: >etc. She has worked her entire life to lose by 1/10 of a point from one
: >judge to a skater who is much less mature.  Be honest, wouldn't you
: >possibly display a little itty bit of negative emotion in that
: >situation?  Moreover, couldn't a cynic consider Oksana's deluge of tears
: >during the judges' deliberations to be manipulative and unbecoming?

: TYPICALLY INSENSITIVE!  OKSANA HAPPENED TO BE PUMPED FULL OF PAIN KILLERS
: JUST AN HOUR BEFORE SHE SKATED!  ONE IN HER LOWER BACK AND ONE IN HER
: SHOULDER.  AS WELL AS HAVING 3 STICHES TO HER RIGHT LEG!!  AND SHE STILL
: DID BETTER THAN NANCY KERRIGAN....WHO DESERVED NOTHING MORE THAN SILVER
: BECAUSE HE PERFORMANCE WAS PLAIN AND LACKED THE E***MENT OF OKSANA.  HAD
: NANCY BEEN GIVEN PAIN KILLERS.....OH, AMERICA, WOULDN'T YOU FEEL EVEN MORE
: SORRY FOR HER.  SEEMS TO ME EVERY OTHER MEDAL WINNER IN EVERY SINGLE OTHER
: EVENT, WHETHER GOLD, SILVER OR BROZE WERE ECSTATIC JUST TO HAVE ANY
: MEDAL!!!  DIDN'T NANCY EXPECT A GOLD OUT OF ALL THIS B.S. AND WHEN IT
: DIDN'T HAPPEN.....SHE MUST HAVE BEEN SHOCKED.  BY THE WAY, OKSANA IS ONLY
: 16, AND NANCY IS 24.  8 YEARS AGE DIFFERENCE.  WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE
: MATURE??????  OKSANA IS A LITTLE GIRL COMPARED TO NANCY.  I'D CRY TOO IF I
: WAS A SUDDEN GOLD MEDAL WINNER SO PUMPED FULL OF PAIN KILLERS I HADN'T HAD
: TIME TO EVEN REALIZE IT!

My sentiments exactly, not to mention that her performance was the
culmination of a period of time when the young girl was orphaned. She
wanted to perform in the memory of her late mother for heaven's sake, her
tears looked quite genuine to me.

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Nancy shows poor sportsman-ship!

Post by Pete Farl » Sat, 05 Mar 1994 00:00:23

In my original post I said that *a cynic*, such as those who couldn't
allow Kerrigan to experience a human emotion off-camera, could construe
Oksana's tears as manipulation.  I didn't say that *I* thought they
were.  The fact is that everyone--let's not forget what happened to Josee
Chouinard--was shafted by the media circus.

The fact is that America exalts cynicism and elevates its practitioners,
e.g., Letterman, to demi-god status.  But let Kerrigan be something other
than her pure-as-the-driven-snow image, and everyone freaks.

Here's an example: A local radio host who has also made a career out of
that peculiar brand of American sarcasm was castigating Kerrigan the
other day for being "the ugly American." He then proceeded to make
several cynical comments about her endor***t income and ended up with a
very subtle slash at her mother's blindness.

Go figure.