Tonya Harding's Mom Disputes Knife Throwing Incident Depicted in 'I, Tonya'

Figure skater Tonya Harding waves to cameramen through her car window 15 January 1994 as she and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly drive up to her rural cabin

She spoke extensively to ABC News for the Truth and Lies Tonya Harding program that aired January 11, 2018, describing how she worked multiple jobs to further her daughter's skating career.

Still, the film largely absolves Harding of any guilt, blaming instead the abuse she suffered, childhood poverty, the classism of championship ice skating, and a reductive media for Harding's vilification.

In addition, she was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

"She's still a powerhouse". Tonya ended up fulfilling the depressing prophecy laid out by her biggest skeptics, but damn it, she found fame through infamy.

That has a lot of people wondering: Where is Tonya Harding's mother, LaVona Fay Golden today?

"You did know what they were planning didn't you?"

When Ms. Harding got out there with her first jump, the girls who had been practicing all morning now looked like total amateurs by comparison. (He has denied this and other abuse.) She said her mother threw a knife at her. Gillooly was sentenced to two years in prison and Eckardt was sentenced to 18 months. Robbie inhabits Tonya Harding from age 16 to 47, flashing between braces and a feathered perm as teenager to bad skin and weight-adding prosthetics for her modern day incarnation.

Harding eventually pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution, a felony, and paid $160,000 in fines and served more than 400 hours of community service as a result. Tonya was the 1991 US champion and 1991 World Championship silver medallist. It's a credit to everyone involved that the on-screen violence against women in "I, Tonya" never feels exploitative (even Kerrigan's story-mandated knee injury via telescoping baton is implied rather than explicitly shown). Gillespie's direction and a script from longtime romcom screenwriter Steven Rogers ("Hope Floats", "Kate & Leopold") err toward heart-pumping music-driven skate routines that break up breathless "and then this happened" montages in an attempt to summarize the breadth and width of Harding's life story in a single movie.

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Tonya Harding is the subject of new biopic: I, Tonya. "That was true." Mr. Gillooly, er, Stone shot at the ground, she said, and it ricocheted onto her face. "With my husband and my son, I get my second chance in life to be loved and be happy", Harding said.

"I, Tonya": Margot Robbie stars as Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding as she goes from talented competitor to being implicated in one of the most unusual scandals in the history of sports.

Harding also told ABC News that she is done apologizing. I could never do anything right for her.

But Harding, as she demonstrated so often when it came down to crunch time in her competitions, hasn't done the work. She really wants to direct.

The incident, which became known as "the whack" heard around the world, left Kerrigan's hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in jeopardy at the time, though she did make the team in the end.

In the interview with ABC, Golden said that "Harding was the youngest of four children".

Watch ABC News' two-hour special, "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", which airs January 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

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