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                                             **  LIFE & TIMES  **
            * Happily Ever After  .... The Elizabeth Manley Story *  

 
 
SPEED - SP Mode -
LENGTH - 1 HR - Unedited -
QUALITY - Excellent -
GENERATION -  Original Copy -
BROADCAST DATE - CBC - Tuesday January 29, 2002 -
TAPE NUMBER -  ** TAPE  #  67 **  -
 
 
 
 
 
COMMENTS FROM - Elizabeth Manley, Joan Manley (Elizabeth's Mother), Bern Manley (Elizabeth's Father), Brian Orser, Debbi Wilkes, Darlene Joseph (Childhood Friend), Sheilagh McCaskill (Childhood Friend), Peter & Sonya Dunfield (Ex - Coaches) 
 
 
 

Elizabeth Manley is one of this country's greatest figure skaters. She is also a woman who was pursued by demons from the moment her mother laced up that first pair of skates. Reviled as a failure, and toasted as an Olympic medallist, Manley is a survivor of the star-maker machinery, the despair of failure and the even more daunting pitfalls of success. The ice was often a place of brutal reckoning, but it still remains her sanctuary. The little girl from Trenton, Ontario, who outskated her demons to become "Canada's sweetheart," has had to fight even harder to become her own woman.

It was the performance of Manley's life. Taking to the ice at the 1988 Calgary Olympics for a long program watched by millions, the 22-year-old Manley reached deep within herself to beat the odds. Delivering a flawless performance that outshone those of celebrated rivals Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas, Manley not only won the silver medal but also the hearts of Canadians from coast to coast. The demons in Manley's life didn't disappear with that silver medal in Calgary, however, as wild weight swings, depression, money problems, drug rumours and her crippling insecurities will attest. As viewers will discover in Happily Ever After...The Elizabeth Manley Story, everything was magnified in the demanding world of figure skating. Manley's mother, Joan, admits, "To be honest if I were to start all over again, I don't think I'd have put her into skating. As far as she's concerned, I think she most likely thinks it was worth it but as far as I'm concerned I don't think it was worth it."

 

Clips - Elizabeth skating as a young girl, at the Olympics and in TV specials ('McCain's Mr.Juicy" Commercial)