DISGRACED figure skater Tonya Skater has finally admitted that she knew about the plot to break the leg of her Olympic rival in 1994.
The now 47-year-old says she overheard her then-husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckardt talking about attacking one of her competitors.
Skater Tonya Harding has finally admitted she knew about the plot to injure her rival[/caption]
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 manged to win Silver at that year’s games in Norway.
Speaking on ABC’s Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, the shamed athlete said she heard a conversation between her husband and Eckardt – who she described as “dumb as a post.”
“I knew something was up, “confessed Harding, who still insists she had no role in the vicious attack.
Tonya Harding, left, skates past compatriot Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session at the Olympic Games in Norway in 1994[/caption]
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The athlete eventually finished in eighth place at the ’94 Games and was later banned for life from US figure skating[/caption]
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Harding’s former husband Jeff Gillooly, right, attends his arraignment hearing January 19, 1994, flanked by attorney Ronald H. Hoevet[/caption]
She said: “I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff where, ‘well, maybe we should take somebody out to make sure she gets on the team.’
“I go what the hell are you talking about?”
The skater, from Portland, Oregan, calls herself a “pawn” who paid the “ultimate price.”
She said: “I’m always the bad person. And I never understood that.”
Harding, who finished eighth at the ’94 Olympics, was the subject of intense media scrutiny during the event in Lillehammer because of the alleged plot by her husband.
The 47-year-old, who has now remarried, claims she thought her former spouse Gillooly would kill her “many times.”
Harding spoke about the moment she realised the American people were going to find out the truth behind the attack.
She said: “I get angry, nobody wanted to ever believe me. When I found out that the truth was finally going to come out.”
She continued: “My skating was great. But my life was in shambles.”