Hi, my name is Kim. I have been a fan of figure skating for years
(too many to count). For as long as I can remember I have been a Tonya
Harding fan. I've had the opportunity to meet her 3 times, I have also
talked on the phone with her quite a few times. I feel that through the
years we became friends. And what a wonderful friend she is. She's full
of life and like the rest of us likes to have fun. Now onto the times
that I met her.
8/19/94- I was part of Tonya's fan club and they
having a dinner to honor her. This is where her fans could meet her.
This is also where I met Linda & Greg. Anyway I got there early. After
a while someone said, "Tonya's here." Well I had to go see for myself. When I had
finally seen her I thought, "Oh god, I never thought this time would
come". My knees were shaking. Before dinner Tonya had set time aside to
get pictures taken with everyone. I think there were around 180 of
us. Tonya had them take polaroids and signed each one and gave them back
to all of us. After dinner they had a thing (I guess you would call it
roast) where people talked about Tonya. There were some pretty funny
stories. Then Tonya got up and thanked everyone for supporting her
through the years. Before the night ended Tonya got to talk to each
person for a few minutes. Throughout the night Linda & Greg were
music. They were awesome. At the time Tonya was talking to everyone I
asked her where to go for fun. I think I caught her off guard. Everyone
was asking skating questions and I came along with my question. Well I
went where she told me to go. I went with Patrick (the guy she skated
pairs with). All I can say about that night is that Tonya was much more
then I expected. I made friends with alot of Tonya supporters. Because
of this Tonya heard my name alot and became familiar with me. That
was a night to remember. That is the night Tonya became a person to me
and not just a skater. Thank you Tonya for making my dream come true.
You have a fan for life. But you already knew that.
I became friends with Linda & Greg (who are great people). This is
where Tonya got to know more about me. Through the next several months
Linda and I became close. During this time I had talked to Tonya on the
phone and she even called me. I was so excited when she called (you
would have thought I was a 5 year old in a candy store). During this
we joked and got to know each other better.
6/4/96- Linda had called
me and told me that Tonya was gong to be in N.Y. to tape the Geraldo
show. Tonya as Linda to call and tell me to meet her there. Well of
course I jumped at the chance to meet her again.
6/5/96- When I got
the studio Tonya had left my name at the front desk. Boy did I feel
special. Anyway I was late so I had to sit in the Green Room. After the
show they said Tonya was coming. Well again the knees started shaking.
This time there wouldn't be a crowd of people around. As soon as Tonya
realized who I was she gave me a hug. At this time we talked and joked.
We didn't have much time because she had to catch a plane. In the
elevator she told me what they did the night before. It was like 2
friends talking. One thing I can say is that she is so friendly. She had
to leave. She thanked me for coming and gave me another hug. Did I ever
think we could be this close? I think not. I feel the reason that Tonya
liked me was because I treated her like a human. She's really just like
the rest of us.
Through the next couple of years Linda & I became
very good friends. I wouldn't trade this friendship for anything. I
talked to Tonya on the phone a few more times. The last time we talked
was when she found out that she could skate again. Tonya, Linda and
myself were so excited. It was the best news we had heard in a long
About a week later Linda called and said her & Tonya would be in N.Y.
the 25th. Tonya would be skating. They asked if I wanted to meet them.
Well of course I was going to meet them. Linda and I had been such good
friends and Tonya and I were becoming much closer. I had to go see my
2/25/99-I got up at 4:30am and we were on the road by 5:30.
We ran into alot of traffic. I was having a panic attack because I
thought I would miss them. When we finally got to the studio as we were
getting ready to walk in they walked out. My knees weren't shaking this
time. We all hugged then went to the Rockefeller Center. I was so
excited because I had never seen Tonya skate "LIVE". When Tonya went
to warm up I was in Awe. It was so great to see her on the ice. That
it was so cold. The rink was so small that Tonya was limited in what
could do. If you've ever seen the rink in person you know what I mean.
When Tonya started her program I wanted to cry. She was so beautiful. I
was so happy for Tonya. Also very happy that she invited me to be
After she performed JoJo had called. When Tonya finished her call Linda
said, "Let's get a picture of you and Kim." Well much to my surprise Tonya
almost jumped in my lap. This picture is my favorite. Tonya also got
pictures taken with my family. We then went to MSNBC so Tonya could do
another interview. She had some time to wait so she joked with
My nieces couldn't believe how nice she was. She also pretended she was
the weather person. That was so funny. Wish I had my camcorder. After
the interview she ask us to go to the airport and have some coffee (I
hate coffee) with her and Linda. We walked them to their car and Tonya
kept looking in windows (you know window shopping). Then she seen 2
police officers on horses. She had to ge her picture taken with them.
When she was walking away one of the officers said "You look familiar." She
told him who she was and he gave her the thumbs up. Tonya really
us to go to the airport. I had no idea where it was. Well I did find
When we got there we went outside to take pictures. At this time I was
really joking with her. This was personal tie between the 6 of us. My
nieces couldn't believe how Tonya was treatig them lke she knew them
forever. Tonya made them feel so relaxed. Tonya then asked us to walk them
to the gate. When we got as far as we could Tonya & Linda gave everyone
a hug and thanked us for coming. The way I see it is thank you Tonya
As for my opinion of Tonya. 5 years ago I didn't know
what to expect. As for now I think Tonya is one of the nicest,
friendliest people I ever met. I feel we are very close now. She is the
little sister I never had. If you ever get to meet her you will see just
how nice a person she is. I would like to thank Linda for calling and
being such a great friend. And Tonya well what can I say, I Love You
support you all the way. Everyone who reads this, as you can see dreams
do come true.