Tonya Harding Recalls Attack on Nancy Kerrigan 20 Years Ago

Image: Tonya Harding Recalls Attack on Nancy Kerrigan 20 Years Ago Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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It's been 20 years since the drama between figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding happened, and Harding is speaking out about what it was like to go through it.

“Trying to train in front of everyone was so much mania,” Harding says in an interview on ESPN Films' "The Price of Gold," ABC News reports. “Every time I’d jump they would all flash, I would fall on my face and hurt myself a couple of times. It just started becoming really impossible just to even concentrate on anything.”

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Kerrigan was attacked and hit in her right knee six weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics, knocking her out of the last pre-Olympics qualifier, which Harding won.

Harding’s ex-husband and two other men were arrested in the attack; Harding later pleaded guilty to hindering the investigation. She apparently found out about the crime after it occurred and failed to tell the police.

Harding, who has maintained her innocence in connection with the attack, told ESPN, “You just get hit by everything all at once and you just want to crawl in a closet and say go away and leave me alone because you just don’t know what is going on.”

“The Price of Gold” will air Jan. 16 and explores what happened to Kerrigan and how much Harding knew about the attack. In a heartbreaking video posted in the ESPN preview, Kerrigan is shown sobbing in the moments after the attack, clutching her knee and asking, “Why? Why?”

Kerrigan and Harding both participated in the Olympics just weeks later, with Kerrigan being lauded for her hard work and persistence as she won a silver medal. Harding did not do well. When she pleaded guilty two months later to concealing knowledge about the attack, Harding was banned from competitive skating for life.

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