I, Tonya: an inside look at the cutthroat figure skating industry

I can recall making a mental note to watch I, Tonya when I first saw trailers for it quite a while ago. To be honest, the movie entirely slipped my mind until I came across it via Netflix not too long ago, and Blaine and I decided to give it a watch.

While I certainly don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the figure skating world, I do have a little familiarity with it. I did some figure skating when I was young, and my childhood best friend was involved with the sport for several years, so I would frequently accompany her to practice and shows and watch.

Despite my limited knowledge of the sport, I, Tonya definitely enhanced my understanding of just how intense this industry can be.

I, Tonya is a 2017 biography, comedy and drama film that depicts the true story of “competitive ice skater Tonya Harding” as she “rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes,” says IMDB’s websiteThe film stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding; Sebastian Stan as Jeff, her husband; Allison Janney as LaVona, Tonya’s mother; and Julianna Nicholson as Diane Rawlinson, Tonya’s coach. Allison Janney received an Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in this film, and after watching it, it isn’t difficult to see why – her performance is impeccable, as is Robbie’s as Tonya.

I had a little bit of prior knowledge of who Harding was, as well as her career-ending incident involving Nancy Kerrigan, but watching this movie allowed me to gain an understanding of Harding’s difficult upbringing and lifestyle overall, and further just how intense the figure skating industry is. This movie is entertaining, emotional, shocking, funny and educating, and I would watch it again without a doubt. 

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