Factual errors

When Tonya is competing in the 1994 Olympics, during the broken lace incident, we see that actress Margot is wearing almost new, pristine skates. Skaters wear the same skates used in their intense practices, where the skates get banged up and scuffed. If they switched to new skates for the competition, they wouldn't be properly broken in. Historic photos showing Tonya's skates during the lace examination, show the wear, partially explaining the broken laces.

Factual errors

When Tonya Harding competed, song lyrics were not allowed in competition the way they are today. Although she included "Sleeping Bag" by ZZ Top in the 3d section of her 1991-1992 program, it was the music only.

Factual errors

During the scene where Diane Rawlinson approaches Tonya to convince her to try out for the Olympics again at the back of the diner where Tonya works, you can see the electric meter behind Tonya is a "smart meter". These digital meters did not exist at this time of the movie.

Revealing mistakes

When the Hard Copy producer (Cannavale) is being interviewed, the clock in the background always reads 8:00.

Factual errors

The design on the ice in Lillehammer is a different colour and shape than portrayed in the film. Also the design is never visible in the "on ice" scenes.

Factual errors

The music Tonya actually used in her famous 1994 Olympic final program was from "Jurassic Park". The movie uses similar, but different music.

Continuity

When Shawn and Jeff are having a discussion in The Golden Buddha restaurant, Jeff's hand that he uses to point at Shawn switches from right to left, depending on whose viewpoint we're seeing.

Anachronisms

The Maxwell House coffee logo shown during a skating competition taking place in 1986 is from the 1990s or later.

Factual errors

In a scene depicting the rear of Cobo Arena in Detroit, tall pine trees and parking lot are shown. Cobo Center backs up almost directly to the Detroit River. A shot filmed there would show the river and the skyline of Windsor, Canada.

Miscellaneous

In the dressing room at the Olympics the electrical sockets are the rectangular North American 110V type. As the Olympics were in Norway they should have been the round pin 220V European type.

Anachronisms

Near the end of the film, while Jeff is explaining how the media so quickly moved on from his story to the next new item in the news cycle, the new van parked in front of his home is a newer model Ford E-Series van than what was used at the time. While that body style of E-Series was in production at the time, lights and wheels of the van signify it as being from at least 2001 or later. Also, the equipment mounted on the van is not what would be common for that time.

Anachronisms

When Jeff is explaining to the policeman about how skaters sabotage each other, he says "Yeah, it's a thing." That phrase is a very modern (2010s) usage and would not have been around in 1993 when it is set.

Anachronisms

The film is set in the 1990s, but some post-2000 cars drive around in the background.