Tonya Harding's estranged mother disputes I, Tonya portrayal


There was something disconcerting watching Oprah drop her powerhouse speech about ending harassment and assault while a convicted felon sat a few feet away.

When Harding's love fades and competitive fame rises, the estranged Gillooly tries to win her back by sending Kerrigan a threatening letter to scare her off the ice. "At this point, it's so much easier and better to just's not really part of my life". AFP/Getty Images American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, left, looks in the direction of teammate Tonya Harding during their practice session before the women's technical program got underway later in the day in Hamar, Norway on February 23, 1994.

Other lyrics in the song, which humanizes Price, include: "Well this world is a cold one/ But it takes one to know one"; "Just some Portland white trash/ You confronted your sorrow/ Like there was no tomorrow/ While the rest of the world only laughed"; and, "Tonya, you were the brightest/ Yeah you rose from the ashes/ And survived all the crashes/ Wiping the blood from your white tights".

The two-hour special on ABC will feature rarely seen video of Harding as a child and interviews with television news anchor Connie Chung, whose interview with Harding during the 1994 Olympics was cut short when she walked out.

Good Morning Britain hosts Piers and Susanna Reid began a live interview from America with Tonya - the skater who gained media attention after sporting rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was famously attacked - to discuss her new movie, I, Tonya. The man was later found to have been hired by Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend, Shawn Eckardt.

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Harding denied having any involvement in the attack but pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution.

Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. Vincent Almavy, AFP U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text during a press conference. "It makes you cringe, hearing it", Harding said. "We talked. We were at an event four years after I was attacked". "I don't think that there was more than one day a week, sometimes, that I didn't get beaten", Harding tells ABC in the special.

In 1986, I was a reporter for Sports Illustrated and attended my first figure skating event in NY, which was also Tonya Harding's first national championship.

You might have seen Harding at the Golden Globes Sunday night.

Amy Robach told Inside Edition that she doesn't believe Harding's her reputation has been rehabilitated, but the skater takes comfort in the fact that "her story is finally being told". I haven't seen anything. No actress tries harder to make herself detestable, even down to her appearance, framing her weathered wrinkles in over-sized plastic glasses and a thick pageboy clump of mud-brown hair.