From March 2000:

Court TV Special Edition of Crime Stories Premieres Tuesday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m./ET.

New York, March 28, 2000 : Court TV's Crime Stories takes a close look at one of the most disgraceful moments in figure skating history; the 1994 kneecap assault on Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya Harding: Ice Follies, which premieres on Tuesday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m./ET, reviews Tonya Harding's career and examines the impact her actions have had on competitive figure skating. Through interviews with Tonya, her father, law enforcement officers who investigated the assault, Tonya's long-time agent Michael Rosenberg, Olympic officials and others, Crime Stories re-examines one of the most contemptible stunts in sports history.

Harding was born poor and fell in love with a rich girl's sport. However, with steely ambition and dedication, Harding financed her passion by working after school at the ice rink. She even made her own costumes. But money was not the only obstacle Tonya faced. Acceptance by the figure skating world was also hard earned. Judges were used to graceful, balletic skating, not Tonya's athletic, "unlady-like" style. Tonya's 1991 performance at the Nationals made the judges forget all that by being the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition. Tonya won the gold medal.

For the first time, Al Harding, Tonya's father, reveals that Jeff Gillooly confided in him that he and his friends engineered the kneecapping of Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya maintains she knew nothing until after she returned from Lillehammer. The world may never know if Tonya was in on it from the beginning, but we do know that she pleaded guilty to hindering Gillooly's prosecution; an admission which resulted in a lifetime ban from amateur competition.

Tonya was in the headlines again when on February 23rd, she allegedly threw a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend Darren Silver and bloodied his face. She pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The trial is yet to be scheduled. Her long time agent and the man who orchestrated her comeback, Michael Rosenberg, resigned for good.

Two-time Emmy? Award winning documentary producer Bonnie Dry executive produced Tonya Harding: Ice Follies for Court TV. Thea Trachtenberg wrote and produced.

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