Tonya Harding Gets Back in the Ice Skating Rink Following National Attention


Tonya Harding, mother give differing accounts of abuse, drinking

"I do not know if I am a badass", Margot told HL. "And I sincerely wish her the best".

On Jan. 6, 1994, during a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee with a baton by an assailant.

Kerrigan's husband and agent did not have much to say either.

"Enough apologizing", Harding said. However, the public has not heard from Kerrigan, until now. Harding also denied planning to injure Kerrigan and asked to remain on the U.S. Olympic team.

While Harding was a rough-around-the-edges athlete in a sport in which most toed the line in the 1990s, she still was given opportunity after opportunity to represent the United States around the world. "Any of us could have won, any of us could have failed".

Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of figure skater Tonya Harding, listens to questions from cameramen, January 15, 1994 after picking up the mail outside the rural cabin the couple shares.

In the PR blitz surrounding the new movie "I, Tonya, " Harding has been made to seem softer and more sympathetic than the cut-throat competitor accused, along with her then-husband Jeff Gillooly, of kneecapping Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics.

While speaking with ABC's Amy Robach, Harding said she figured out her ex-husband and his buddy were behind the attack on Kerrigan.

A movie just came out about her life called "I, Tonya". "They didn't just give them to me".

USA figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. Gillooly was sentenced to two years in prison and Eckardt was sentenced to 18 months. Steve Slocum, AP Shawn Eric Eckardt (L), bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, and fellow defendant Derrick Smith (R) are joined by Smith's attorney Robert Goffredi as they face Judge Donald Londer during their arraignment on charges of conspiracy to commit assault in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan.

In addition, she was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

When asked about Hollywood's portrayal of herself, Kerrigan said, "It's not really part of my life".

Harding has always maintained she knew nothing about Gillooly's plans to harm her rival. Kerrigan declined ABC News' request for an interview for this two-hour special. "I didn't abuse any of my children", she said. "I go, 'What the hell are you talking about?'" And I've been nothing several times. That's not including her mother LaVona "Sandy" Golden's allegedly brutal treatment of her, including an incident in which she reportedly threw a knife at her daughter.

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