A native of Portland, Oregon , Harding was raised primarily by her mother, who enrolled her in ice skating lessons beginning at age four. Harding would spend much of her early life training, eventually dropping out of high school to devote her time to the sport. After climbing the ranks in the U. She was the and U. In , she earned distinction as being the first American woman to successfully land a triple Axel in competition, and the second woman to do so in history behind Midori Ito. She is also a two-time Olympian and a two-time Skate America Champion. In January , Harding became embroiled in controversy when her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated an attack on her fellow U. Both women then competed in the February Winter Olympics , where Kerrigan won the silver medal and Harding finished eighth.
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Tonight is their first big face-off on center ice. And after an incident of high-sticking, who knows what could happen once the skating starts? This is much bigger, broader and certainly, bawdier, as CBS' boffo ratings will no doubt bear out. It's Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan, and everybody else without a court order and a topless party video get out of the way. And that means we're talking about all the skaters who have a better shot than Nancy and Sluggo to win precious medals, but lack the marketable criminal element in their storylines. The opening phase of the women's Olympic figure-skating competition tonight should be promoted by the World Wrestling Federation. Judging from the size and imagination of many sports writers here, maybe it has been.
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By Chris Spargo For Dailymail. Tonya Harding reveals in a new interview that she first heard about the possible plot to take out one of her figure skating competitors two months before the US National Championships. The disgraced figure skater, 47, claims that she began to suspect a plan was being hatched after overhearing a conversation her then-husband Jeff Gillooly was having with his friend Shawn Eckardt. I can skate,"' confesses Harding in a preview for the special. Harding tells ABC News host Amy Robach at one point in the interview that she is done repenting for her sins, and is ready to move on with her life once and for all. I've got my life. We both have wonderful lives and that should be all that matters. Gillooly'ed: Harding says that she is done apologizing for her involvement in the attack, which earned her a lifetime ban from US Figure Skating Harding and Jeff Gillooly two weeks after the attack in Oregon. Ice queen:'Enough apologizing.
Nancy Kerrigan has not seen the critically acclaimed movie about her nemesis 'I, Tonya' because, she says, she has 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,' Kerrigan, 48, told the Boston Globe. She adds, 'I was the victim. Like, that's my role in this whole thing.