PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 24: Young fans of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding look on while she takes a break from training at the Clackamas Town Center mall rink, 24 January 1994, as a grand jury continues its meetings on whether to indict her in the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. A news report in the Portland Oregonian newspaper said prosecutors have enough evidence to charge Harding.
She only ranked at #22 on Sports Illustrated's end of century list of the greatest Oregon sports figures, but Tonya Harding is with little doubt the state's most widely known athlete. Twenty years after the attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, we look at the arc of Harding's career and the media frenzy that followed her, ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (now Stone) and other co-conspirators in the scandal.
PORTLAND, : U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Federal and local investigators are trying to determine if Tonya Harding's money, some of it from Olympic sources, paid for the attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Tonya Harding was an accomplished figure skater – 2 Olympic gold medals and 1st American to complete a triple axel. During her career, she had a rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan. She must have felt that the only way to get ahead of Nancy was to hire someone to bash her knee open with a pipe. Tonya managed to avoid jail by pleading guilty but received a sentence of $160,000 fine, 3 years probation and 500 hours community service.