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Did Tonya Harding deserve to win ‘Dancing With the Stars?’

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By Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/OregonLive

After four short weeks of competition, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” named the winner of the first-ever all-athletes season at the end of Monday night’s show. The competition was fierce. The footwork was fast. The costumes bedecked with baubles, bangles and beads.

So which celebrity athlete and pro partner emerged as the winners?

Not surprisingly, frontrunner Adam Rippon — who won a bronze medal as part of the 2018 U.S. Olympic skating team — and his partner Jenna Johnson were named winners of the “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” season.

Rippon and Johnson were one of the three couples competing in the finals, along with Portland native and former pro figure skater Tonya Harding and her partner Sasha Farber, and NFL star Josh Norman and his partner Sharna Burgess.

Though Rippon was considered the favorite to win, Harding bucked some steep odds to land in the finale of the four-week “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” season. In the briskly paced hour-long finale, Harding and Farber performed twice, first dancing a Viennese waltz to the song, “The Time of My Life,” then doing a freestyle dance to “I Will Survive.”

Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli delivered their scores, which were factored into a total taken from last week’s viewer votes and some votes tonight (only from Eastern and Central Time zone viewers, meaning West Coast viewers were again left out).

In the interview segments, Harding said competing on this speedy season of “Dancing With the Stars” felt like it was “re-introducing me to the world.”

After Harding and Farber danced their first number, the Viennese waltz, Tonioli said he felt like he was seeing a “born-again Tonya.” In the taped segment introducing their second, freestyle dance, Farber said that before Harding joined the competition, there was so much “hate” and “negativity” associated with Harding.

Harding said, “The amazing change in peoples’ hearts is what’s keeping me going,” adding, “I never thought I would feel this alive again.”

The judges gave Harding and Farber a perfect score of 30 for their athletic freestyle dance to “I Will Survive.” But when it came time to tally judges’ scores and viewer votes, Rippon prevailed.

It was, in many ways, an improbable journey for Harding. The former figure skating champ is best known for the scandal that ended her pro skating career, when Harding’s ex-husband arranged an attack on Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, in 1994.

The case made headlines around the world, and turned Harding into a tabloid sensation. Did Harding know in advance that Kerrigan was going to be assaulted? Harding has always denied having any prior knowledge, but she did plead guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. Harding was also required to resign from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

After years of being either ignored or recalled as a pop culture joke, Harding’s reputation got a boost with the release of the movie, “I, Tonya.” Margot Robbie played Harding as a tough, driven woman from a difficult background, and many viewers (though not all) came away thinking Harding was a sympathetic figure, a woman who came from a low-income home split by divorce, and who suffered abuse at the hands of her ex-husband and her mother.

Though Harding’s mother has objected to how she was portrayed in “I, Tonya,” Allison Janney earned critical raves for the role, and won an Oscar for best supporting actress.

The favorable publicity from “I, Tonya” launched a Harding comeback moment, and soon we were seeing Harding sitting with the “I, Tonya” creators and stars at the 2018 Golden Globe awards; appearing in an ABC News primetime special; talking with Ellen DeGeneres on the daytime host’s syndicated show; and then being cast in “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes.”

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In an abbreviated four-week “Dancing With the Stars” season, Harding did unexpectedly well. With her pro partner, Farber, Harding outlasted such well-known sports figures as NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; World Series veteran Johnny Damon; figure skater Mirai Nagasu; and more.

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In her first week on “Dancing With the Stars,” viewers saw a taped package showing Harding driving a pickup truck in Battle Ground, Washington, on her way to an ice rink. Harding said that, in the early ’90s, “I was the best figure skater in the world, and then I had it taken away from me.”

Harding added that, though she was banned from competing and skating in ice shows, “nobody can tell me I can’t dance.” Harding was tearful as she said, “I want people to see that I deserve to be here. I don’t want to fail again.”

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Harding and Farber danced a fox trot to “When You Believe,” originally recorded by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Judges Goodman, Inaba and Tonioli had positive comments for Harding, who was again tearfully emotional.

The lovefest atmosphere included Janney, from “I, Tonya,” sitting in the audience, watching Harding dance.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Harding said.

Amid the heart-tugging moments, “Dancing With the Stars” didn’t get into specifics about why Harding left professional skating, or mention Kerrigan, even though Kerrigan competed on “Dancing With the Stars” last year.

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The first episode inspired comments on Twitter that have continued through the short “Dancing With the Stars” season, with some viewers defending Harding, and others blasting her.

“Watching #Dwts,” one Twitter user wrote. “I have so much empathy and love for Tonya Harding. I hope she goes far and does well. We are all more than the worst moment of our lives.”

By contrast, another Twitter post read: “Skating was ‘taken away’ from Tonya Harding because of something, not because of nothing. #DWTS”

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Harding and Farber were among eight of the original 10 couples who remained when the second episode of the “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” season aired. In their first number, the couple danced a quickstep to the Gretchen Wilson country hit, “Redneck Woman.”

Before the dance, taped interviews included Harding saying “‘Redneck Woman’ is totally me.” She added that being on “Dancing With the Stars” “makes me feel alive again.”

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The high-spirited “Redneck Woman” number began with Harding depositing an axe in a wooden tree stump. To keep the outdoorsy mood going, Harding and Farber were joined by a dancer wearing a bear costume.

Once again, the judges had praise for Harding. Inaba said, “I love watching you dance.”

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Harding and Farber returned to perform in a group dance, as members of the “Team ’50s Tennis,” who competed against the “Team 1970s Football.”

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Once again, Harding and Farber earned enough judges’ points and viewer votes to return for the third episode, the semifinals of the “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” season. The six remaining couples again performed twice.

For the first number, the couples danced a number inspired by an MVP in their real life. Harding dedicated her rumba to her late father. In the taped segment preceding the dance, Harding recalled that her father had always been supportive.

“When I lost my dad,” Harding said, “I lost my very best friend.”

An emotional Harding added, “When I was young, my dad had to leave,” but “he never abandoned me. We talked every single day.”

Harding continued, “When everybody in the world was against me, my dad was still in my corner.”

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In the ballroom, Harding was in tears before she and Farber began their rumba, performed to the touching song, “See You Again.” After the dance, host Tom Bergeron said he was impressed that Harding made it through the performance, because she was so obviously emotional.

Of her father, Harding said, “I brought him on to the dance floor,” adding, “to show everybody what real love is. Stop hate.”

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Inaba and the other judges again praised Harding. “You dance with your heart open,” Inaba told Harding, adding it’s not just her late father who was in Harding’s corner. “I think we’re all in your corner now.”

When cohost Erin Andrews asked Harding how she felt about the public supporting her, Harding said, “It’s been truly amazing,” adding, “thank you, America, from the bottom of my heart.”

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Harding and Farber went into their “Ballroom Battle” — in which they competed on the dance floor at the same time as pro softball player Jennie Finch Daigle and her partner Keo Motsepe — with scores that ranked them second from the bottom.

But after both couples danced a cha cha, the judges voted that Harding and Farber won the battle.

At the end of the semifinals, three couples were eliminated. But not Harding and Farber, who were among the three couples left standing and who moved on to Monday night’s finals.

They didn’t win, but was that a fair fight, considering Harding is older and hardly fresh from competition, as both Rippon and Norman are?

Was Harding robbed, or was Rippon the deserving winner? Now’s your chance to share thoughts and comments about how “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” wound up.

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Here’s a look back at the 10 veterans of the sports world and the pro partners who performed with them on “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes.”

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Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan 20 years later: The highlights in a timeline

The Oregonian/OregonLive has extensively covered Tonya Harding from the early days of her skating career through the Nancy Kerrigan scandal, and beyond. Here’s our timeline of the attack that engulfed Harding in infamy, and ended her pro skating career.

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Tonya Harding didn’t win the Mirrorball grand prize on the Season 26 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on Monday night, but the former figure skater still felt victorious after making it to the final round and getting whipped into the best shape of her life.

After performing a high-energy freestyle dance to “I Will Survive” filled with cartwheels, twists, turns and backup dancers throwing her up in the air “like a tossed salad,” Harding told the press that she was just happy to have made it to the end of the competition and shed a few pounds along the way.

“Just making it this far is very exciting and who knows? Now I know how to dance a little bit so maybe I get to come back sometime,” she said. Although she wouldn’t reveal exactly how much weight she lost, telling them that she doesn’t “think that’s anybody’s business,” Harding assured reporters that she slimmed down. “You can tell that I’ve lost a lot,” she said.

What the 47-year-old may have been most pleased by, though, was getting the chance to prove she was capable of a comeback. “I found myself again knowing that I can achieve such greatness doing something that I love to do,” she said. “You don’t ever give up on yourself. I always keep going no matter what it is.”

Despite having the favor of the judges, Harding’s appearance on DWTS didn’t come without its fair share of backlash. Some viewers expressed their disdain for ABC featuring the disgraced ice skater on the show following her early ’90s scandal that resulted in her banishment from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

Even Adam Rippon, an Olympic skater who ended up claiming DWTS’ famed Mirrorball, told USA Today he was keeping his distance from Harding, who fell from figure skating glory in 1994 after it was discovered Harding’s ex-husband and his associates conspired and carried out an attack against fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. In the weeks leading up to the ’94 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee during a practice skate.

Although she didn’t win the competition, Harding said she felt like a winner: “We got all tens. You can’t get any better than that.”

Harding’s freestyle landed her a perfect score of 30 while her dance with partner Sasha Farber earlier in the night, a Viennese Waltz, won her a score of 26.

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Actress Allison Janney gives her thoughts on Tonya Harding at the 2018 Golden Globes.

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The “legend” will dance again.

Tonya Harding, Olympic figure skater and lightning rod for controversy, survived a second week of this spring’s athletes edition of Dancing with the Stars on Monday night on ABC.

She was not the best Olympic figure skater, not even the second best. Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon, who both skated in Pyeongchang three months ago, are tied at the top halfway through the truncated four-week season.

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 70, was sent home by the live voting along with Arike Ogunbowale, the Notre Dame basketball player and first athlete with NCAA eligibility to compete on the show. Where was that Irish fan base given half the scoring comes from viewers?

The eight dancers did one routine with their partners and then split into teams for another in the two-hour show.

Was there really any doubt Harding would return? After all, she had been promoted as “figure skating legend” by the network. Forget that calling Harding a “legend” doesn’t make you just raise your eyebrows. It makes them pop off your face and fly across the room.

No matter. Her role in the 1994 attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan seems forgotten and forgiven in this setting. In fact, the show surely benefits from the drama.

She and partner Sasha Farber danced to “Redneck Woman,” which … well … better not …. uh … just let her say it:

“Redneck woman is totally me,” she said before the dance. “It will be fun to show the world another side of me.”

Well, then.

The judges gave her three 8’s and a 9 (from guest judge Rashad Jennings, the former NFL player and season 24 champ) and gushed over her, with Carrie Ann Inaba even calling her “poignant.”

Our judge, Shauna Fuhs, pom coach at Gaithersburg (Md.) High School who has been scoring the dancers for nine seasons, grudgingly gave her an 8.

“Unfortunately, not bad,” said Fuhs of Harding. “It was a cute routine. She raises her shoulders too much, which the judges also complained about. I didn’t like her boots. You couldn’t tell if she was pointing her toes.”

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Rippon received high praise from the judges and one 10 for his quick step. Our judge completely agreed.

“I think he’s our winner,” said Fuhs. “I think it’s a safe bet. He’s the most fun to watch.”

For now he’s still tied with close friend Nagasu. But she wins in the contest for best quote, summing up her approach to DWTS by saying, “I’m just a Valley girl trying to become a ballroom dancer.”

Washington Redskin Josh Norman, third last week, had a strong dance mimicking the movements of a bullfighter but fell back a bit in the scoring. Olympic luge medalist Chris Mazdzer let his engaging personality come out, did a “graceful” Viennese Waltz, said Fuhs, and made his move with three 8’s and a 9.

Olympic softball champ Jennie Finch-Daigle was improved over last week but hesitant. She was called “competent,” by judge Len Goodman, which did not seem like a good omen. But she survived, perhaps gaining fan votes in the pre-dance video in which she insisted the song she was supposed to dance to — Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae — be changed because it was too risque. She performed to Do It like This by Daphne Willis.

Abdul-Jabbar’s partner, 5-6 Lindsay Arnold, danced for a bit on the shoulders of another pro to make up for the height difference. Jabbar “improved,” said Fuhs, but the gimmick was not enough. Still, he gets tons of credit for effort.

Next week three dancers will be eliminated.

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Nancy Kerrigan
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 13 October 1969 (age 50)
Hometown Stoneham, Massachusetts
Known For Former Olympic figure skater

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Partner(s) Artem Chigvintsev
Placement 7th/6th
Highest Score 36 (Jazz & Tango)
Lowest Score 21 (Viennese Waltz & Cha-Cha-Cha)
Average Score 32.6

Nancy Ann Kerrigan is a celebrity from Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars.

Biography

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Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over twenty years. Her rise to competing at a national level began when she placed third at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, allowing her to qualify for the 1991 World Championships, where she won the bronze medal as part of an American sweep. In 1992 she earned a bronze medal in the Albertville Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships. In 1993 Kerrigan became the United States Ladies Champion and followed that up with her historic silver medal performance at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Along the way, Kerrigan became known for her groundbreaking fashion on the ice, teaming up with Vera Wang and others to create some of the most memorable skating outfits in the history of the sport.

The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired in honor of her legally blind mother, and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame). More recently, Kerrigan has focused on her family (three children, ages 8, 11 and 19), choreography (“Halloween on Ice,” “Skate Niagara,” “Bryant Park Holiday Show”) and executive produced the documentary, Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds, which examines the silent epidemic of eating disorders in sports.

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She was partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. They placed 6th/7th.

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1 Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
2 Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

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Tonya Harding said she was “perfectly fine” with the inevitable comparisons to Nancy Kerrigan before “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” started, so now that it’s over, let’s do just that! Who did you prefer on the show?

If we’re just talking empirical data, Harding obviously did better than Kerrigan. She made the final, got a perfect score of 30 for her freestyle and finished tied in second with Josh Norman, behind champ Adam Rippon. Kerrigan, who competed on Season 24 last spring, finished tied in sixth with Nick Viall and her highest score was a 36 (out of 40) for her “Enchanted” jazz.

Known for her athleticism as a skater, Harding was unsure herself if she’d be graceful on the hardwood, but she exceeded everyone’s expectations with her first dance and continued to improve every week. Her freestyle was a joyful cap to her whole run. As we’ve previously mentioned, Harding’s best asset is her ability to sell a routine; she gets completely into the dance and the performance, which goes a long way in pulling the audience in.

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Kerrigan was also a fantastic dancer, as many predicted — her samba was a standout — but compared to Harding, she didn’t quite lose herself in routines like her old rival did. Plus, maybe those high expectations led to the judges being harder on her; she got lowballed some weeks. Still, she had the fifth highest average score of the season. The Olympic silver and bronze medalist had a lot of untapped potential, but unfortunately the fan votes weren’t there to bring her further.

Of course, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison since Kerrigan was on a regular season and Harding’s lasted only four weeks. Would Harding have made the final in a 10-week season? Could Kerrigan have survived double and triple eliminations to make the final herself? We’ll never know. The only solution is for them to be on an all-stars season together, which will never happen.

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Tonya Harding
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 12 November 1970 (age 49)
Hometown Portland, Oregon
Known For Former Olympic figure skater

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Partner(s) Sasha Farber
Placement 3rd
Highest Score Freestyle (30)
Lowest Score Foxtrot (23)
Average Score 25.2

Tonya Maxene Price (née Harding) is a celebrity from the Athletes Edition of Dancing with the Stars.

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Tonya Harding’s love of ice skating began at the age of three while accompanying her parents, LaVona and Al Harding, to Portland’s Lloyd Center shopping mall. Besides the many stores, the mall also had an ice skating rink. When Tonya saw the rink, she wanted to try it out and discovered that she really liked it. Eventually her parents bought her very first pair of ice skates, and it wasn’t long before she wanted to take lessons, too. Her parents didn’t have a lot of income, so hiring a private coach seemed completely out of the question. However, Tonya’s natural ability to ice skate was beginning to attract attention. It wasn’t long before Tonya’s mom approached Diane Rawlinson, a former “Ice Capades” star. With Diane’s coaching and Tonya’s natural talent, she won her first competition at the age of five. By age eight, she completed her first triple jump and by age twelve she began experimenting with her trademark jump, The Triple Axel, and had already won several medals in numerous competitions. By age fifteen, she was known for her natural athletic ability and for being the highest jumper and fastest spinner among female skaters.

In 1988 at age eighteen, she became the first American woman to win a Russian award as a figure skater. In 1991 at Senior Nationals, Tonya skated two perfect programs and won her First National Title. She received a 6.0 for technical merit, the first perfect score any woman had received in this competition in nearly two decades. During her title winning program, Tonya attempted and landed the extremely difficult Triple Axel. By doing so, she became the very first American woman, and the only other woman in the world, besides Midori Ito of Japan, to even attempt this jump, let alone to successfully perform it in a competition.

Tonya then went on to Worlds, where she performed this difficult jump once again. She earned the Silver Medal in that competition. Soon after, at “Skate America,” she performed the jump once again, breaking two world records and winning the championship. In 1991, Tonya began touring with “Tom Collins Champions on Ice.” During this time she was the first and only woman to land a Triple Axel in both the short and long programs, something that no other American female figure skater had ever achieved. In 1992, she competed in her first Olympics at Albertville, France, placing fourth.

In 1994, she once again won the Nationals title and went on to compete at her second Olympics. However, a scandal involving Tonya’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly Stone, and some of his friends changed her skating career and dreams of Olympic Gold forever.

In 1999, Tonya made a huge comeback in the skating world. She was invited to compete in her first competition in five years at the ESPN professional competition in Huntington, West Virginia, where she placed second. In 2003, she appeared on the Fox reality show Celebrity Boxing, and not long after the airing of that show, she was contacted by several people in the professional boxing world. After giving it some serious thought, she hired trainers and became a professional boxer. She did a total of six boxing matches. Her current pro standing is 3-3. She has also done between 10-12 exhibition boxing matches, to very large and enthusiastic crowds.

Most recently was the feature film about Tonya’s life, I, Tonya, written by Steven Rogers and starring Margot Robbie as Tonya and Allison Janney as mother LaVona, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the role. Tonya is now married and has an adorable son and a wonderful husband. She and her family have settled into a peaceful loving existence, and she is very happy.

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She was partnered with Sasha Farber. They placed 3rd.

Week # Dance / Song Judges’ Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / “When You Believe” 8 8 7 Last to be called safe
2 Quickstep / “Redneck Woman” 8 9/81 8 Safe
3 Rumba / “See You Again”
Cha-Cha-Cha dance-off
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4 Viennese Waltz / “The Time of My Life”
Freestyle / “I Will Survive”
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