Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'I was the victim': Kerrigan snaps over I, Tonya

'I was the victim': Kerrigan snaps over I, Tonya

I am sad as I write this but at the same time I'm happy that I had such an adventure with the movie [I, Tonya] and with recreating a new positive image for her in the public eye.

But they are the facts of Harding's life, presented in all their ugly truth to create one of the year's best and weirdest tales of female empowerment.

When told about Harding's newest admission, reporter Connie Chung, who previously interviewed Harding and covered the 1994 Olympics, replied, "Unbelievable".

But the knife-throwing incident isn't the only thing Harding's said that her mother disagrees with. "And I would say to the agent on the other side, 'I'm a nice guy".

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One thing that still can't be disputed about Harding, apparently, is her penchant for sitting in the middle of controversy.

Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding says she was scared for her own safety after the infamous 1994 baton attack on her fellow Olympic figure skater and longtime competitor Nancy Kerrigan. "But it's my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of", she said. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly and his friend Stephen Eckhardt, later served 18-month prison sentences for conspiring to assault Kerrigan.

Harding a felony, and paid $160,000 in fines and served more than 400 hours of community service as a result. In Tonya's ABC interview she simply said of Nancy, "She's got her life. For her to say that she knew they were attacking someone, that is huge", USA Today columnist Christine Brennan added. But the role is more than an impersonation, and Robbie is able to find - and to show us - the broken pieces of Tonya's damaged soul, with a kind of fierce vulnerability that makes her not just sympathetic but, at times, heartbreaking. Harding also denied planning to injure Kerrigan and asked to remain on the U.S. Olympic team. AFP/Getty Images American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, left, looks in the direction of teammate Tonya Harding during their practice session before the women's technical program got underway later in the day in Hamar, Norway on February 23, 1994. February 25, 1994: Kerrigan wins the Olympic silver medal in Norway while Harding, still under investigation by authorities, finishes eighth. She's played to spine-tingling, hilarious perfection by Allison Janney (who, along with Robbie, should be a safe bet for an Oscar nomination).

Harding was also banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. "I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week, so I didn't watch the Golden Globes". Tonya finished eighth, while Nancy took the silver medal.

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