January 6th, 2014 10:31 am | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Sports, Cops and Courts

The Tonya Harding Files, 20 Years After the Hit

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As couch-potatoes worldwide prepare for the Sochi winter Olympics, reporters are scurrying to disinter Oregon's most notorious contribution to winter sports: the Tonya Harding scandal.

It was 20 years ago today that a rat-pack of hapless thugs allied with Harding—then and now the best-known figure skater Portland has ever produced—carried out an attack on Harding's rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

At the sports website Deadspin, you can read about Harding's then-boyfriend, Jeff Gillooly (now Jeff Stone) and, Shane Stant, the man who actually thumped Kerrigan. 

And from The Believer, an article by Portland writer Sara Marshall reprises the incident in a poetic defense of Harding.

"Tonya was abused," Marshall writes, "by her mother, her husband, and finally her sport, whose criticisms of her—she wasn’t pretty; she was too fat; she didn’t deserve to be here; why couldn’t she do anything right?savagely echoed the criticism she had been enduring for her entire life."

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