8 New Details About Tonya Harding — From The Abuse She Suffered In The Past To Her Current Life

8 Things to know about Tonya Harding
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A movie just came out about her life called "I, Tonya."

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding have recently been feuding over who was the real victim after the release of I, Tonya.

If you’re not familiar with the story behind the two, Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend Shawn Eckhart hired a hitman to eliminate Kerrigan from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994.

More specifically, the hitman, Shane Stant, attacked Kerrigan during an Olympic practice and struck her knee.

Harding was banned from participating in any event sponsored by U.S.F.S.A.  and stripped of her World Championship title, though she denied she had anything to do with the hitman for 24 years.

Now she has changed her story, saying she overheard Gillooly and Eckhart talking about “taking somebody out” to make sure Harding won.

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“I did 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? I can skate,” Harding said in an interview that aired on ABC Thursday.

During the two-hour special, Harding said she had done enough apologizing for what happened decades ago.

"Enough apologizing," Harding said. "She has her life. I have my life. We both have wonderful lives. That should be all that matters."

The movie I, Tonya, portrays the tough life Harding led. Her abusive childhood, marriage, and more are included, but Kerrigan is upset Harding is shown as a victim.

I was the victim. Like that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it,” Kerrigan said.

Then, when asked if she had any comments on the film, Kerrigan said she hasn’t seen it.

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“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” she said. “I’ve been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn't watch the Golden Globes. I haven’t seen the movie. I’m just busy living my life.’’

The two don’t seem to have moved on.

Here’s what you need to know about Tonya Harding.

1. She performed a first for an American figure skater.

Harding was the first American figure skater to successfully land a triple axel jump during a competition.

2. Tonya had an abusive mother and husband.

As the movie, I, Tonya, shows, Harding was beaten as a child by her mother, LaVona "Sandy" Golden, and then hit by her ex-husband during their marriage.

“People don’t understand that what you guys see in the movie is nothing,” she told the New York Times. “That was the smallest little bits and pieces. I mean, my face was bruised. My face was put through a mirror, not just broken onto it. Through it.”

They both deny beating Harding.

3. She has been shot before.

In the movie, Harding was shot and she actually was in real life.

“I was shot,” she said. “That was true.”

Harding’s ex-husband, who has since changed his name to Stone, shot at the ground and the bullet ricocheted off of the floor and hit her.

4. Tonya Harding is now married with a son.

She married her third husband, Joe Price, and had her son, Gordon, at the age of 40.

5. She proposed to her current husband.

Harding met Price singing karaoke at a skating-themed restaurant in Washington and proposed to him a few weeks later.

6. She hates that figure skating is considered feminine.

“I hated the word ‘feminine,’” she said in an article by NYT. “It reminded me of a tampon or panty liner.”

7. She is an archer.

She used to hunt with her father and now hunts with her husband. Harding uses a bow and arrow to give the animals a “50/50 chance to make it interesting and fair,” according to NYT.

8. Her mother doesn't care about I, Tonya.

“I don’t give a (expletive) about the movie," Golden said. "I don’t care how it portrays me. I could care less about that movie than the dirt outside.” 

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