At the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday, the movie I, Tonya will compete for three awards: Best Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actress — Musical or Comedy (Margot Robbie), and Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney).
The movie details the life of figure skater Tonya Harding, a powerhouse athlete who shattered stereotypes in the traditional world of skating and was the first woman to complete a historic triple axel in competition. Harding was on a trajectory to become a skating great, but her path was complicated by abuse at the hands, she alleges, of both her mother and her first husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), whom she married at age 20.
Harding became a household name when, ahead of the 1994 Olympic Games, she was involved in an attack on her skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan. The crime landed Gillooly and his three conspirators in prison; Harding received probation and was banned from professional skating for life.
America became obsessed with the Harding and Kerrigan narrative, and the two nights of the women’s figure skating competition at the 1994 Winter Olympics still rank among the 20 most watched sports events in U.S. television history.
Here’s a refresher on the true story behind Tonya Harding and the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. For more movies based on true crimes, read “The true stories behind trio of true-crime tales seeking to heist Golden Globes,” on Yahoo Entertainment.
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