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Review: ESPN's Brilliant Doc 'The Price of Gold' Investigates The 20-Year Old Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Scandal

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 16, 2014 6:01 PM
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It's fitting that, just weeks away from a new Winter Olympic Games Sochi, Russia, that ESPN's amazing "30 for 30" documentary series would turn its attention to the scandal that rocked the Winter Olympics 20 years ago: the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that was organized and carried out by associates of Kerrigan's rival (on the ice and off) Tonya Harding. The resulting documentary, "The Price of Gold" (airing tonight on ESPN) is a brilliant, oftentimes heartbreaking examination of the external pressures and internal psychology that led to the violent attack, full of wonderful new interviews and telling archival footage.

ESPN Orders Up Second Batch Of '30 For 30' Documentaries, Will Start Airing In October

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 10:57 AM
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Whether you're a sports nut or not, some of the finest documentaries of the past few years have been found on ESPN's "30 For 30" series. Kicking off in October 2009 and ending in December 2010 (which about a dozen more films added in 2011), the endeavor gave feature filmmakers creative control to helm docs about any sports subject that they were interested in, and the tactic resulted in some very strong work. Some of the highlights that premiered on the channel included "The Two Escobars" by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist; "Catching Hell" by Alex Gibney; "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" by Dan Klores and much more. In short, the series has spawned some utterly fascinating stories, and the good news is, there's more on the way.

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