Margot Robbie is currently one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses. With hits like “The Wall Street Wolf” or “Suicide Squad,” Robbie has several projects that will see the light in the coming months.
For one of them has had to change much the image that has us accustomed, so the network has been filled with images and comments linked to this transformation.
In most of the news published in this regard, it is indicated that the role for which Robbie is preparing was that of a skater, without specifying in many occasions what particular athlete is involved.
But the story that is going to star Robbie is far from being a biopic anymore because, although we still do not know what their outcome will be, the actual events on which it will be based are far from lacking in interest. Robbie will play Tonya Harding, the protagonist of one of the best-known sports scandals of the 1990s.
Do you want to know its history?
Then read on!
Tonya Harding, one of the best skaters in the United States
The one who became one of the best skaters in the United States, and also one of the most controversial characters in the country’s sports history did not have easy beginnings.
Tonya Harding was born in 1970 into a family with serious economic problems.
In interviews and articles after the events that we are going to present, Tonya came to indicate that in her home they survived thanks to charity and that many times she came to the track or school without eating because there was no home in her house.
She also accused her mother of physically and psychologically mistreating her on many occasions during her childhood and adolescence. Tonya started skating with just three years and her unusual talent soon made her stand out above other competitors her age.
He was advancing in competitive terms over the years and soon quit his studies to focus on his sports career.
The style of Tonya, far removed from the usual canons linked to the figure skating, conquered filial and phobias in equal parts but its technique, its great skill in jumping and its risky programs made it to become one of the best American skaters Known so far.
Harding had her best time as a professional skater in the early 1990s. In 1991 she won the title in the US national championship and, that same year, was second in the world championship. In this last appointment, she became the first woman to debut a triple axel successfully in an international competition.
That same year, also debuted for the first time the triple axel combination with a double toe loop.
These difficult combinations made Tonya a real star and seemed to have secured a spot on the podium of the upcoming Olympic Games, to be held in 1992 in Abertville, France.
However, during those Games, Tonya had a bad performance and finished fourth, being surpassed by two of his compatriots, Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan, who reached the podium.
After the 1992 Olympic Games, Tonya Harding’s career seemed to deflate.
Its results were far from being the ones it conquered during the years 1991 and 1992 and its star appeared to be in decline.
During this time, Tonya was married to Jeff Gillooly, with whom he had a volatile relationship. He asked for a divorce twice and went as far as to request a removal order from his person, but they were also reunited on several occasions and even made him his manager.
His personal problems, combined with changes of constant trainers and problems of consistency in the competitions, made that his fame was diminishing, while it increased the one of several of its closest competitors, in particular Nancy Kerrigan.
However, the change of cycle from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Olympics meant that the latter were edited in both 1992 and 1994.
This meant that Tonya Harding had the opportunity to qualify again for a Games and come to fulfill his great ambition of obtaining an Olympic medal.
However, in order to participate, it should be in the top positions of the national championship of the United States, which would serve to elucidate which skaters would attend the Games on behalf of the United States.
Tonya Harding ran the risk of not being able to go if she was surpassed by Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan, based on the poor results that had obtained that season and the bad image that was giving as much by its personal problems as by its lack of competitive consistency.
Tonya Harding needed to win that competition.
Shortly before the competition, in one of the last practices carried out by the skaters, an event occurred that nobody could foresee.
A man attacked Nancy Kerrigan as she left the court, hitting her violently on the right knee with a bar or a club.
Kerrigan’s screams were heard by the people in training and the cameras captured the moment Nancy was discovered crying on the floor and screaming in pain after the attack.
Nancy was injured and could not compete; Tonya was the winner and there were serious doubts that the great favorite could even qualify to participate in the Olympic Games.
The consequences of Tonya Harding’s attack
The surprise hit the media when it was discovered a few days after Kerrigan’s attacker had been Shane Stant, a hitman who had been hired by Tonya’s then-ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and Tonya’s bodyguard Shwan Eckhardt.
The scandal was huge and the press went on to tell the story of the princess of skating who had been cruelly attacked by a jealous rival who came from the lowest extracts of society and who had relied on the help of her husband and a bully To achieve a victory that did not correspond to him, while the investigation continued.
Tonya denied any involvement or knowledge of the attack previously, although those involved immediately stated that she had been one of the people who had orchestrated it.
The American Olympic Committee raised the possibility of removing Tonya from the Olympic team and not let her compete in the Games, but this idea was rejected because she did not prove at that time the guilt of Tonya and the threat of a serious complaint that could derive from this fact .
Thus Tonya and Nancy Kerrigan, who managed to recover for the event, participated in the Olympic Games in February 1994.
Tonya Harding, eighth position
However, Tonya did not achieve her goal. His performance was not too bright and was in eighth position, very far from the podium. For her part, Nancy Kerrigan won the silver medal.
The media circus around the attack of Nancy Kerrigan continued during the months after the Olympic Games.
Giloolly stated that Tonya had known her plans before and that she had talked to her about it the night before.
Tonya, meanwhile, indicated that she had not known the attack before, but knew it later and fell silent for fear of her ex-husband, who had threatened her physically. To avoid major evils, in March of that same year Tonya pleaded guilty to the crime of having dulled the criminal investigation carried out on the attack on Nancy. It could never be proven that Tonya had done more than this, although speculations regarding his true intervention in the attack are still alive today.
As a result, Tonya was stripped of her 1994 US title and was prohibited from competing or engaging in any activity related to the US Figure Skating Association which, in practice, meant the end of her Race in skating
The repercussion of this case was so great that still today is discussed about the confrontation between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
The event featured magazine covers such as “People” or “Newsweek” and saw how journalists camped in front of the accommodation of those involved during the period immediately preceding and following the Olympic Games.
Songs were composed on the subject, books were written and even an operatic performance was performed, which had the rivalry of Nancy and Tonya as the main key.
The event is still remembering and jumping to the press every time they produce a Winter Olympic Games and continues to be one of the main sports scandals of all time. Now, this story is reborn with the upcoming release of the film starring Margot Robbie, which will be titled “Yo, Tonya.”