Answers to the Tonya-Nancy Anniversary Quiz
By Don Fulsom
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, January 29, 1995; Page C3
1. (A.) "Hard Copy" reported that Portland police had re-opened the case of Christopher Davis, who was run over by a van while crossing a street in 1988. Tonya has said she was sexually assaulted by Davis when she was 15. She burned him on the neck with a hot curling iron, then hit him with a hockey stick.
The program quoted a "former friend" of Tonya as saying the skater once bragged that if she "ever had to kill anyone, the way to do it would be to run them down."
Tonya once went after a woman with a baseball bat after a minor traffic accident, according to USA Today. And she once fired a gun during an argument with Gillooly. (Tonya shot her first deer at 14.) David Letterman joked that Tonya could do commercials for "The Club."
2. (B.) After the first reports that Tonya's thuggish entourage may have been involved in the Kerrigan assault, Dave told of his response to a purported caller with a muffled voice who phoned him at work: "Yeah, sure I know what's good for me. And anytime she wants, we'll be glad to have Tonya Harding on the show."
It's the New York Observer that gave Tonya and Jeff the white trash award.
3. Whatever you answered, you're right!
Gillooly told the FBI the alleged hit man shouted at Kerrigan: "I just spent 29 hours on a bus for you, bitch!" He also said part of the plot was to have Stant leave behind a note to make it look like a psychotic fan was out to get all skaters, including Tonya. The note was to have threatened that "all skating whores will die." Instead of the note, Stant dropped the weapon near the crime scene.
A former nightclub bouncer, Stant told "Hard Copy": "If I wanted to break her leg in half, then I would have." He said he also rejected a plan to slice Kerrigan's Achilles tendon, because he only wanted to do "something that would allow the person to recover fully and completely and finish their goals and dreams."
Instead of using the weapon a retractable metal police baton to break through a door during his escape from the arena in Detroit, Stant used his head.
4. (A.) But after an agent accused her of lying, Tonya conferred with her lawyer and then started ratting on Gillooly. She told her inquisitors: "I hope everyone understands. I'm telling on someone I really care about."
Around the same time, the Oregonian reported that two men charged that Tonya approached them with a plot to kill Gillooly.
Tonya has said her mother, seven-times-married Sandy Golden, hit and beat her as a child. CBS ran a videotape of a teenaged Tonya saying of her mom: "What a bitch!"
It sounds like the "B" word could be a fave in Tonya's vocabulary. According to Gillooly, after Tonya procured information about Kerrigan's skating times from a woman who answered the phone at a rink near Boston, she declared: "The stupid bitch gave it to me!"
5. (A.) Jeff's brother, John Gillooly, told The Post that Jeff implicated Tonya because "basically he felt that whatever she did to him, he was going to do to her." And Jeff's lawyer, Ronald Hoevet (Jay Leno described him as being a "Trapper John" look-alike), said his client turned on Tonya only after FBI agents showed Gillooly an account of her interrogation. Hoevet said: "Jeff would have fallen on his sword for Tonya if Tonya had told him the truth."
Former Tonya friend Jenna Dumas told People magazine why she thought Tonya was attracted to Gillooly: "He was just like her mother, abusive and critical. Tonya was so used to it. It was acceptable to her."
The Post reported that Tonya's friends and family say "they've seen Gillooly punch Harding, kick down a door to get at her, slam her head against the floor and threaten to break her legs so she'd never skate again. Yet Harding and Gillooly always reconciled."
6. (C.) She made the boast to startled welcoming fans at the Portland airport. In Tonya's words: "I'm going to kick her butt."
Gillooly told authorities Eckhardt originally asked whether it wouldn't be "easier just to kill" Kerrigan "with a sniper rifle."
7. (D.) It was a Campbell's Soup commercial showing a tough-faced Kerrigan performing a body check on a huge hockey player. The check was so rough that, with the help of special effects, it sent the player flying across the rink ... and right out of the picture.
It was Tonya who received a Nike pledge of $25,000 to help defend herself if she were kicked off the U.S. team.
8. (B.) Sandy Golden strummed a guitar and sang the song that cheerfully begins: "A little girl was born to us that day. I never guessed the price I'd have to pay."
Sandy fainted on the set of TV's "Montel Williams Show." She spent several days recuperating in a New York hospital.
The New York Observer says Golden "wept nearly continuously" on the show, "provoking the kind of emotional outpouring New Yorkers are famous for." It notes as a typical audience response: "I think your daughter is an ungrateful bitch."
"A Current Affair" showed Tonya seductively taking off the top of her dress for a home video made when she was married to Gillooly. The program, which electronically censored the nudity, didn't reveal how it came by the video. But the Star said Gillooly sold it to the program.
In an interview with the National Enquirer, Tonya's ex-fiance, Mike Pliska, said she "once told me that if she hadn't become a skater, she probably would have become a stripper. Take it from me, she would have been dynamite."
9. (A.) Clinton said: "She should be given the benefit of the doubt."
Advised that Tonya wanted to give Kerrigan a hug when she got to Norway, Scotvold said: "Well, she won't let her hug her, I can tell you that."
Aikman sent a telegram of support to Kerrigan in Norway, and she was quoted as saying: "It was cool." Letterman said Tonya got a telegram from John Gotti.
10. (A.) Then she started making frequent mentions of God. And at Lillehammer, she even publicly prayed on the ice. After failing to come anywhere near her dream of gold, Tonya explained: "I've done my best, and as well as God wanted me to do."
But there was no talk of the Deity in Tonya's first post-Olympic appearance on "Inside Edition," which paid her a reported $600,000 for first-dib interview rights. Of her eighth place performance on the ice, Tonya boasted: "I went out there and I pulled it off under the worst circumstances in the world. And I'm happy. And to the people who said I couldn't do it: Hah! I laugh in their face! Because I did. I did it for me."
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