Tonya Harding “Knew Something Was Up” Before Nancy Kerrigan Attack (VIDEO)
Tonya Harding is getting honest about the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Olympics.
In an ABC special called Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, the former figure skater reveals she was aware of the attack on her fellow competitor.
“I knew something was up,” she shares, though she denies having any role in planning the attack on Nancy.
“I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff, where, ‘Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team.’”
She continued, “And I remember telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about? I can skate.’”
For those who don’t remember, Nancy was clubbed in the leg by Shane Stant following a practice session in Detroit.
The attack was set up by Tonya’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt.
"This was, like, a month or two months before [the attack]," Tonya said.
"But they were talking about skating and saying, 'Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so then, you know, she can make it.'"
Following the attack, Tonya was banned from participating in US Figure Skating for the rest of her life.
“I'm always the bad person. And I never understood that,” she says.
“I get angry, nobody wanted to ever believe me. When I found out that the truth was finally going to come out.”
Though she was at the top of her skating game at the time of the drama, her personal life was falling apart.
“My skating was great. But my life was in shambles.”
Though her life has been extremely tough, the 47-year-old credits her faith for pushing her forward.
“You can’t push me that far anymore ‘cause I’ve been nothing. And I’ve been nothing several times,” she said.
“But it’s my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of.”
She continued, “My family, we are a loving family. I get my second chance at life to be loved and be happy.”