Transcript for Tonya Harding 20 Years Later on Her Life as a Skater
interview on a very strange anniversary. 20 years ago, two skaters were vying for the olympic team, nancy kerrigan and tonya harding, suddenly kerrigan was attacked. Tonight all these years later, tonya harding talks to partner network espn about that day and that event. And here is abc's john donvan. Reporter: It was art and grace, and weightlessness. And then it was tabloid. 20 years ago, two working class girls, who had grown up into two world class skaters. Nancy kerrigan and tonya harding, both with a shot at olympic gold. And then this, someone went after nancy kerrigan, tried to break her leg. Whacking it with a rod just above the knee. Why? Why? Why? Reporter: Turns out that someone was hired by a certain jeff gilhooie married to tonya harding. Everyone got caught. Harding was rounded up, too. I want to talk to you guys, you'll hear more in a few days. How are you feeling? It's been a long week. We are doing okay. Reporter: Harding pled guilty to conspiracy, to this day she said she only learned of the plot after the hit had happened on kerrigan. I never met or talked to didn't even know the other persons that were involved. Everything just -- you know, you get hit by everything all at once. And you just want to crawl in a closet and say go away, leave me alone, you just don't know what's going on. Reporter: Kerrigan won silver at the olympic games that year. Since then neither woman has said much about it. Which makes it a rare thing that harding is talking now. In a new espn documentary. Still angry about a sport she says, where the judges always have their favorites. There was one year I had like a bright pink color, that I made myself. I mean, it was really pretty. One of the judges came up to me afterwards and said, you know what, if you ever wear anything like that again at a u.S. Championship, you will never do another one. And I told them where to go. I said, well, you know what, if you can come up with $5,000 for a costume for me, then I won't have to make it. But until then, stay out of my face. And I turned around and walked off. And diane was like, oh, my god. But that's how they are. If it's not their way, it's the highway. Reporter: Bad feelings that have been on ice a long time. John donvan, abc news, washington.
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