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On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story (1990)

The true story of Olympic champion figure skater Tai Babilonia, her rise to fame and her fall from grace.


Zale Dalen


Brian L. Ross (as Brian Ross)
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Complete credited cast:
Rachael Crawford ... Tai Babilonia
Charlie Stratton ... Randy Gardner (as Charlie Stratton)
Denise Nicholas ... Cleo Babilonia
Chuck Shamata ... Connie Babilonia Sr.
Christianne Hirt
Michael Phillip Edwards
William Daniels ... John Nicks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drake Arden Drake Arden
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess
Robbie Budd Robbie Budd
Deborah Burgess Deborah Burgess
Stan Coles Stan Coles
Suzanne Coy
Ken Daniels Ken Daniels
Nick De Kruyff Nick De Kruyff


The true story of Olympic champion figure skater Tai Babilonia, her rise to fame and her fall from grace.

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

5 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lâmina de Gelo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not just a skating movie
15 January 2005 | by lesmizSee all my reviews

I'm a bit older than Tai Babalonia, and growing up I followed her career closely. When she and Randy Gardner had to withdraw from the 1980 Olympics, I was devastated and seeing Tai cry on the ice made me think nothing could get worse that this for her. After seeing this TV movie, I realized there was much more behind this fragile and beautiful skater's life.

Okay, it's a TV movie which make you immediately think of contrived story plots and overly emotional scenes. On Thin Ice may be guilty of some of that, however the message should be clear to anyone that sees their child as a vehicle to attain goals. Tai nearly chose death over living other people's lives. Thankfully she is still with us today. If you are willing to get past production quality, acting ability (which really aren't that bad)and see the movie unvarnished for the story, the message you will receive is that hope can come from despair.

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