I, Tonya follows Harding's skating career from when she was under the thumb of her abusive mother (national treasure Allison Janney) to its implosion after "The Incident" with Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), which Harding describes as "what you all came for". Everybody else's opinions don't matter. She pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack, but has denied any involvement in the actual assault. "The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had done anything at all". The metatextual level I, Tonya works on is that Robbie herself has always been judged on her presentation rather than her talent, and her highest-profile roles (Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) have often focused on her embodiment of the patriarchal beauty standard.
Gillooly and Harding's bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired a thug called Shane Stant to hit Kerrigan across the knee before the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway, forcing her off the ice to recover from her injuries.
Harding opened up about the incident and the depiction of her life in the new movie, "I, Tonya", in which Margot Robbie portrays Harding.
"Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing?"
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But according to the Mail Online, Harding tells Robach that she refuses to be broken by the continued criticism. Now the 47-year-old is opening up about her life before, during, and after the moment that changed everything. ABC also spoke with reporters and columnists who were covering the sport (and the attack) at the time, as well as coaches, the former district attorney, and experts on the athlete's career. Despite what she went through in the years following the attack, Harding said her faith has allowed her to persevere. "You can't push me that far anymore 'cause I've been nothing. And I've been nothing several times". "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".
With tears in her eyes, Harding added, "I always wanted my daddy to be proud. And now, I want my son to be proud".
"Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story" airs on ABC on January 11 at 9 p.m. ET.
Harding was a champion figure skater, two-time Olympian and the first American to complete a triple axel jump in competition.
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