Before seeing Margot Robbie portray Harding in critically acclaimed new movie "I, Tonya," catch up on the insane true story. It was the scandal that rocked the nation, dominating tabloid headlines and the national conversation for months in In a time before the Internet and social media, everyone knew the names Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding , even if they didn't follow the Olympics or care about figure skating. Everyone knows the basics of the story, even after all these years.
Where Is Tonya Harding Now? - How Tonya Harding's Life Changed After the Nancy Kerrigan Attack
The attack happened during training for the US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, and Kerrigan was forced to pull out of the competition. With Kerrigan out of the contest, the way was clear for her rival Tonya Harding to glide into first place in the championship. Kerrigan quickly recovered from her injury, and was chosen to be on the US team for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Harding was also chosen to represent the US, and the scene was set for a media soap opera with Tarantino-esque undertones. It was the all-American princess from Massachusetts, whose skating outfits were designed by Vera Wang, versus the white trash witch from Oregon, and the public lapped up every twist of the saga. Kerrigan won silver at Lillehammer, while Harding was left trailing. Harding subsequently dabbled in wrestling and TV presenting, battled alcoholism, and was also the subject of a notorious sex-tape scandal, but these days shuns the spotlight.
This week, an American figure skater was accused of purposefully slashing her competitor with her skate — hearkening back to the infamous incident. Though Harding long disputed her involvement, she was eventually convicted of hindering the investigation into the incident. Figure Skating Association for life. This week, American figure skater Mariah Bell was accused of purposefully slashing her competitor Lim Eun-soo with her skate — hearkening back to the infamous incident. Ahead of the attack, Kerrigan was already an Olympic medalist, and took the bronze in Games in the Albertville, France.
In early , figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was on top of the world. She was a heavy favorite for gold heading into the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. But all that changed that January 6th when she was the victim of an assault, allegedly hatched by rival skater Tonya Harding. It was the 'Whack Heard Round the World'.