Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. When asked about her thoughts on Stevens's recently released song "Tonya Harding", the athlete who now goes by her married name Tonya Price said that she has no interest in it.
When told about Harding's newest admission, reporter Connie Chung, who previously interviewed Harding and covered the 1994 Olympics, replied, "Unbelievable". Kerrigan's injury forces her to drop out of the skating competition, which Tonya Harding wins January 11, 1994: FBI investigates allegation that Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt, and her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated the attack on Kerrigan. "And I would say to the agent on the other side, 'I'm a nice guy".
"No I did not know anything prior", Harding answered.
"I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff, where, 'Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team.' And I remember telling them, I go, 'What the hell are you talking about?"
In an interview with ABC News" Amy Robach for the two-hour special Truth and Lies: "The Tonya Harding Story, which aired Thursday night, Harding claims she was innocent of planning to attack Kerrigan. "That was a team I should have been part of, not because I was good enough then, but I just got along with them so well". The film centers on Harding's role in the attack on Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In both cases, U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. skating judges made those decisions, and most assuredly wanted Harding to succeed.
When asked if she had ever apologized to Kerrigan, Harding said she had multiple times. Dirt poor, foulmouthed as a mobster and tough as leather, LaVona raises Tonya, her sixth child from her fourth husband, with tough love - except without the love. "For her to say that she knew they were attacking someone, that is huge", USA Today columnist Christine Brennan added.
Harding was also banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.
She still looks strong as she sails around the rink, but for the first American skater to do a triple axel, her glory days are most likely behind her. February 25, 1994: Kerrigan wins the Olympic silver medal in Norway while Harding, still under investigation by authorities, finishes eighth.
"It's scary playing a real life person especially when that person is still very much alive", she confessed. The man was later found to have been hired by Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend, Shawn Eckardt. Tonya finished eighth, while Nancy took the silver medal.