Tonya Harding’s life story as a disgraced figure skater is center stage in the movie .” Her mother, LaVona “Sandy” Golden, is also portrayed in the movie. According to People, in a new interview with ABC, she blasted the biopic and calls her daughter’s memories of her lies. “I could care less about the movie than I do about the dirt outside,” she said.
“She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore,” said Golden. The mother noted that she was not abusive, despite her daughter asserting that they had a violent relationship and that she abused alcohol. In the film, Harding alleges that her mother once threw a steak knife at her that hit her forearm. “I didn’t abuse any of my children,” Golden said. “Spanked? Yes, spanked. Absolutely positively, you got to show them right from wrong.” She added, “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?”
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Tonya Harding took the ice skating world by storm in so many ways. The two-time Olympian was also the 1991 U.S. champion and 1991 World Championship silver medalist. One of her biggest accomplishments: being the first woman in the world to ever execute two triple Axels.
She also contributed to a black mark on the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the association that banned her for life in 1994. That year, just weeks before the 1994 Olympics, Harding’s rival was beaten in her knee with a crowbar. Harding was thought to have played a part in that attack but said she didn’t know about it beforehand. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, allegedly hired the man who took the crowbar to the popular Kerrigan’s knee. She pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack, the New York Times reports. Harding got three years’ probation for the incident.
Harding, who had a rough-around-the-edges
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The true crime revival of 2016 and 2017 has continued to produce excellent, thought-provoking content that pushes the boundaries of the genre. While more traditional inquiries into the existential and juridical ramifications of actual criminal behavior have captivated the nation (with docu-series like “The Keepers” and dramas like “Mindhunter” garnering mainstream approval), filmmakers have also begun more artistic and post-modern experimentations.
“Casting JonBenét” explored the multiple truths behind one of America’s most notorious murders, and it turned the genre on its head by featuring interviews with actors from the dramatic re-telling along with their personal reflections on the case. Now, “I, Tonya” continues this more avant-garde trend, exploring the multiplicity of truths behind all supposedly “true” stories.
Although not the sole focus of the movie, the main subject covered in “I, Tonya” is the conspiracy and assault on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, an athletic rival of the film’s subject. The official story
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