Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Tonya Harding reflects on Olympic figure skating scandal 20 years later

See also

Tonya Harding doesn't look like the young figure skater who was embroiled in a major American figure skating scandal and perhaps that is because she is 20 years older. The former figure skater is still looking to clear her name and put to rest some rumors surrounding the infamous scandal that she and skating rival Nancy Kerrigan were involved in. Sitting down with Access Hollywood on Wednesday, the once famous skater still denied any involvement in the worse attack ever seen on the ice.

The day everyone will never forget is when Nancy Kerrigan was hit in the knee by a man with a police baton during a practice round on the eve of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It was a moment that brought shame to the figure skating world and revealed the competitive nature of the sport.

“If they proved that I had done something wrong, how come I wasn't in jail?” asked Tonya Harding when questioned about her involvement. The star denied ever doing anything illegal. “They gave me 500 hours of community service. They sure nailed everybody else for doing things.”

Every Winter Olympics the darlings of the figure skating arena are seen by the fans. While the rules of Team USA have changed to make the athletes accomplishments on the ice count, according to Harding it wasn't always that way.

The star alleged that she, along with other athletes who entered the ice during her glory days, were extensively scrutinized. From the way she put her makeup on to who she hung out with after skating. Tonya suggested that Team USA wasn't picking the best skater, but more of a camera friendly celebrity.

Today Tonya Harding is staying out of the rink and away from the spotlight. Tonya Harding has a son and a life of happiness that gives her reason to move forward. However, she long with the rest of the world will never forget the day that Nancy Kerrigan was hit in the knee by a club.



  • Lance Armstrong steps back into the spotlight with a new instructional video
    Watch Video
  • The Penguins and Canadiens take early series leads in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • It only took 14 innings, but the Red Sox emerge victorious over Chicago 6-4
  • Chris Johnson finally finds a home, signing a 2-year deal with the Jets
  • Falcons owner Arthur Blank will bring an MLS franchise to Atlanta in 2017
  • The NBA Playoffs are set, find out which team has the best odds to win it all

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!