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'I, Tonya' presents a sympathetic - and scathingly amusing - portrait of Tonya Harding

12 January 2018, 03:09 | Anna Nguyen

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Harding is making the media rounds in support of a forthcoming ABC documentary called Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, which aired this week, and a biopic called I, Tonya.

The New York Times yesterday ran an interview on Harding: "Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now". (The film skates over the asthma thing.) Harding received tens of thousands of dollars for her training from the figure skating association and from George Steinbrenner, then more from Nike head Phil Knight for her legal defense.

There was something disconcerting watching Oprah drop her powerhouse speech about ending harassment and assault while a convicted felon sat a few feet away.

But the knife-throwing incident isn't the only thing Harding's said that her mother disagrees with. Here is something I'll never understand, that you can be sitting across the table from someone who certainly did something bad, who appears to show no remorse for it and you can still feel the oxytocin rush of love and sympathy for her.

"At this point, it's so much easier and better to just be ... it's not really part of my life", she said.

It was during the 1991 Nationals when Harding became the first American woman to land a triple axel jump in competition. I really want to do the right thing.

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Harding told ABC News she "knew something was up" about a month or two before the attack, but maintained that she never agreed to or knew about her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly's plan to go after Kerrigan.

Harding's life is portrayed in the movie, "I, Tonya". She had to pay a $160,000 fine and was sentenced to three years' probation and 500 hours community service.

Of course colleague Abby Haight and I were in Detroit when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a club-wielding thug, and reported on all the madness to follow back home in Portland. Vincent Almavy, AFP U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text during a press conference. "Do you remember something that you've not said?'" Two fictional scenes where Tonya confronts snooty judges are completely unbelievable (but crowd favorites in the screening I attended) and the movie asserts that Harding and Jeff Gillooly knew nothing about the planned attack other than it might involve some threatening letters. "We talked. We were at an event four years after I was attacked". I've got my life.

Harding's hard relationship with her mother LaVona "Sandy" Golden is also a major plotline of "I, Tonya".

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.



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