Tonya Harding has been enjoying the spotlight since the movie came out last month. Harding went on to win the championships in Detroit and secured a spot on the Olympic team as well. I mean she dropped out of school to train every single day, landed all her jumps and stunts in competition, and she still never got the scores that she deserved.
Watch ABC News' two-hour special, "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", on January 11 at 9 p.m. ET. She said she also didn't watch the Golden Globes, because she was in San Jose for the US national figure skating championships. Harding pleaded guilty in Portland Wednesday to a conspiracy charge in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
Meanwhile, Harding's publicist/agent has dumped the former figure skater for demanding journalists pay fines if they ask her about the attack on Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
"As you say, I was the victim", she said. The man was later found to have been hired by Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend, Shawn Eckardt.
In addition, she was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. This is no more apparent than during a moment near the end of the film in which Tonya looks directly into the camera and effectively tells us we're as complicit in her professional downward spiral as her actual abusers.
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. Don Ryan, AP Left to right: Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, and Nancy kerrigan on the podium during the 1991 US Figure Skating Championships. "Because you know how much that it had to have hurt". "And I sincerely wish her the best".
Kerrigan's husband, agent Jerry Solomon, later called the Globe to explain that their position is to "say nothing".
As far as the drinking, Harding told ABC News that she knew at age 11 half a thermos her mother would take to the rink in the morning was filled with "brandy and the rest was coffee".
"It's not my fault", Harding screams to whomever will listen, and certainly this foul-mouthed redneck was not entirely at fault for all the mistakes she made.
Golden said it wasn't actually alcohol.