Friday, April 19, 2013

Flashback to 1994: Tonya Harding's 1994 Olympic Programs

I would be remiss if I didn't include a post about Tonya Harding as an addendum to the 1994 Flashback from the other night.

I started writing an explanation of why Tonya Harding is important to the 1994 season, but then realized that no explanation is needed. All I can say is, love her or hate her, you cannot deny that she's one of the most interesting skaters in the history of the sport. Her athletic ability is also notable, as Tonya is the first American, and second female skater in the world, to be land a Triple Axel.

Tonya's musical choices were curious. Her short program music was, ironically, from the "Much Ado About Nothing" soundtrack. Her freeskate was to the music of "Jurassic Park." The soundtrack is a great score by the wonderful John Williams, but in comparison to the soft and classical "Swan Lake" or Broadway show tunes of gold-medal winner Oksana Baiul and the Neil Diamond medley by the Boston Pops Orchestra that silver-medalist Nancy Kerrigan skated to, the sometimes jarring Jurassic soundtrack is a stark contrast.

So what are your thoughts on Tonya Harding and her Olympic programs?

Short program to "Much Ado About Nothing" soundtrack:

Long program to "Jurassic Park" by John Williams:

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