The lowdown on Tonya Harding and the attack on Nancy Kerrigan

THE story of her glittering career and subsequent fall from grace have been immortalised in the acclaimed film ‘I, Tonya’ – set to be aired again on September 19.

But who is Tonya Harding and when was the attack on Nancy Kerrigan? Here’s the lowdown.

 Tonya's story is told in a new film called I, Tonya

Tonya’s story is told in a new film called I, TonyaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who is Tonya Harding?

Tonya Harding, 47, is an American figure skater who was the 1991 US champion and 1991 World Championship silver medallist.

She was also a two-time Olympian and a two-time Skate America Champion.

Tonya, from Portland, Oregon, began skating when she was just three-years-old, before working her way up the competitive skating ladder in the mid-80s.

She has been married three times – to Jeff Gillooly (1990 – 1993), to Michael Smith (1995 – 1996) and to Joseph Jens Price (married in 2010).

Where is the figure skater now?

The skater’s legacy will forever be defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

The scandal eventually led to the end of Tonya Harding’s career in figure skating.

Six months after the attack she was stripped of her titles (including the World Championship title she won while Nancy was out of action) and she was also banned from competing.

Tonya also had a leaked sex tape, featuring then-husband Jeff Gillooly – who sold the tape after being implicated in the Kerrigant attack.

She went on to discover a love of music and progressed to a short-lived career in boxing, after a stint on the show Celebrity Boxing.

In 2010, the former skater also set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph, driving a 1931 Ford Model A,

She gave birth to her only child, a son named Gordon, on February 19, 2011.

Tonya Harding, left, skates past compatriot Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session at the Olympic Games in Norway in 1994Credit: AFP

When was the attack on Nancy Kerrigan?

Tonya’s ex-husband hired a man to injure Nancy in the run up to the 1994 Winter Olympics.

The event of January 6, 1994 have been made into the film called I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie.

The film explores the rivalry between Tonya and fellow skater Kerrigan.

Who is Tonya Harding’s ex-husband?

There has been renewed controversy over the incident after Tonya revealed confessed that she overheard her ex husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckardt talking about carrying out an attack on one of her competitors.

The pair would later hire Shane Stant, who assaulted US skater Nancy Kerrigan with a baton – striking her above the knee, five weeks before the Olympics.

Kerrigan, who was attacked in Detroit after a training session, only suffered bruising and managed to win Silver at that year’s games in Norway.

Chilling trailer for Tonya Harding movie I, Tonya


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