It wasn't until 1998 that Fox aired Breaking the Ice, a television special in which Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan met for the first time since the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994 (Harding and Kerrigan did not speak to each other on camera while participating in the Olympic competition). But, according to Golden, that wasn't that case whatsoever. It usually happened during bitter moments in the film like when Jeff was hitting Tonya, and she turns to the screen to say she felt the abuse was her fault.
But, it was a different story in Harding's case. She sewed her own, dealt with mom and was scored poorly - or so this story goes.
Golden later disputed the claim that Harding was brought up in a bad environment. The screenplay is closely inspired by interviews done with the real people involved in the saga, including Tonya herself. Why, we never learn, but it's clear from the start LaVona was a stage mother of the highest order. "I was a liar to everybody but still, 23 years later, finally everybody can just eat crow".
Robach also asked if there was love in Hardin's home growing up, to which Harding was at a loss for words. The film follows her to one of her post-skating careers as a female pro boxer, where she's literally knocked down but stubbornly keeps getting up again. "I've been through enough, and I have my son now", Harding said.
Later in the day, the Globe reporter noted, Kerrigan's husband and agent Jerry Solomon called back to say that she hasn't decided how to officially handle the press at the moment, and that they're getting hundreds of calls from around the world. You don't get this way unless you were counted out completely. Eventually, the organization banned her for life. It presents both sides of the story, both her and her ex-husband's, and neither comes across looking particularly innocent. Grab your dad's flannel, crank up the Nirvana and get me a damned pack of Lunchables. The mother noted that she was not abusive, despite her daughter asserting that they had a violent relationship and that she abused alcohol. She's played here by Margot Robbie, who has never been better.
After telling Morgan that he wasn't letting her finish, Harding stuck around for a few more questions about the incident she'd clearly prefer to move on from.
When speaking to The Boston Globe, Kerrigan shared: "I really have nothing to say about [the movie.] I haven't seen anything". She wants to meet and be part of the family.
Golden said it wasn't actually alcohol.
Harding has alleged that her mother abused her throughout her childhood, and once even threw a steak knife at her.