Friday, January 12, 2018

The Story of Tonya Harding

You may have heard of the 1994 scandal of professional ice skater Tonya Harding one or two times before. However, I'm here to tell you the bigger story.

Tonya Harding was born in November 19, 1970 in Portland, Oregon. She was born to LaVona Fay Golden and Albert Harding. Her activities included hunting, drag racing, and learned automotive mechanics. However, she has been skating since she was three.

Tonya had a hard life. She was abused at home, mentally and physically, by her mother. Her mother has admitted to spanking her and hitting Tonya at an ice skating rink. Tonya dropped out of high school sophomore year to commit to skating.

In 1991, she performed at the World Championships and performed a triple axle, which got her to place second behind Kristi Yamaguchi and in front of Nancy Kerrigan. In the 1992, she came forth in the Winter Olympics and came sixth in the World Championships. In 1993, she failed to earn a spot on the World Championship team. Now, this is where things get rough.

In 1994, a scandal happened. A man by the name of Shane Stant attacked Nancy Kerrigan while practicing on the ice. He struck her with a 21 inch telescopic baton. Even though her leg was only bruised, she was forced to withdraw from the national championships. However, Kerrigan won a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics and Tonya placed 8th because of a problem with her skates.

You may be asking, what does this have to do with Tonya? Well, it turned out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard sent Stant to attack Nancy, and many people think Tonya had something to do with the attack. Even though she has denied this many times, many people believe she is lying. A 2017 movie, "I, Tonya", where Margot Robbie plays Tonya, has brought up the scandal again. However, what really happened?

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