Bye, Tonya: Longtime agent says he’s dropped Tonya Harding

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  • On Thursday evening, ABC's "20/20" aired a two-hour special featuring interviews with Harding, rival Nancy Kerrigan and several others close to the events leading up to and following the '94 Winter Olympics. Although the special didn't reveal any new information about the scheme to knock Kerrigan out of the running for the winter games, these are the best moments — tidbits, anecdotes, quotes and more — from the program, as chosen by OregonLive.com. Photo: Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images

  • Harding moved 13 times before she made it to fifth grade“I grew up all over Portland,” Harding told Amy Rorbach, later adding that she didn’t want to be a waitress like her mother and saw skating as her way out. ABC also interviewed LaVona “Sandy” Golden, Tonya’s mother, who refuted her daughter’s assertion that they were “trailer trash.”“We had a nice, new trailer,” Golden said. Photo: Steven D Starr/Corbis Via Getty Images

  • LaVona Golden's coffee definitely tasted like brandyHarding claimed her mother would slip a bit of brandy into her coffee whenever Golden watched her practice. Golden contended that it was brandy flavoring.“You can’t get drunk on flavoring,” Golden said in the special. Photo: CRAIG STRONG/AFP/Getty Images

  • One of Margot Robbie's favorite Tonya moments is from an '80s documentary about the figure skaterAs research for “I, Tonya,” the Australian actress watched the 1986 documentary “Sharp Edges.” Harding was 15 when Sandra Luckow produced the film, which includes a scene where the young figure skater briefly speaks with her mother over the phone in a hotel room, hangs up and says, “What a bitch.”Robbie said that was one of her “favorite Tonya moments.” Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

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  • The 'taming of Tonya' went disastrouslyThere’s an extended montage of Harding’s handlers trying to gussy her up, make her an “ice princess,” as former KOIN-TV reporter Ann Schatz said.Coaches and choreographers had her take ballet classes. They got her to try a trendy green dress on for a party. And none of it goes according to plan — at one point, Harding’s choreographer admits to feeling embarrassment when the 15-year-old would rub her nose during etiquette classes. Photo: POOL/AFP/Getty Images

  • 'Holy sh--. I just did it."That’s what went through Harding’s mind when she landed the triple axle at the 1991 National Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But, Harding told Rorbach, “Everything about life after that point became confusing.” Photo: Mike Powell/Getty Images

  • Reporters absolutely dragged the guys who attacked Nancy Kerrigan“Who uses their own personal credit card with their own name, stamped at the bottom, to check into a hotel? Who does that?” Schatz, the KOIN reporter, said.“So stupid,” Connie Chung said.“A couple of eighth graders would have come up with a better plan,” Schatz said again. Photo: CBS Photo Archive/CBS Via Getty Images

  • The Nancy Kerrigan attack and ensuing fallout made figure skating coolThe ironic thing about the Kerrigan attack Rorbach said, was that “popularity for figure skating skyrocketed after Lillehammer." Photo: VINCENT ALMAVY/AFP/Getty Images

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  • 'I have two Olympic medals. Nobody just gave them to me.'That was Kerrigan’s rebuttal to claims that she continued to be famous after the ‘94 Olympics because of “The Incident.”Shade. Thrown. Photo: Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images Via Getty Images

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On Thursday evening, ABC’s “20/20” aired a two-hour special featuring interviews with Harding, rival Nancy Kerrigan and several others close to the events leading up to and following the ’94 Winter Olympics. Although the special didn’t reveal any new information about the scheme to knock Kerrigan out of the running for the winter games, these are the best moments — tidbits, anecdotes, quotes and more — from the program, as chosen by OregonLive.com.

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On Thursday evening, ABC’s “20/20” aired a two-hour special featuring interviews with Harding, rival Nancy Kerrigan and several others close to the events leading up to and following the ’94 Winter Olympics.

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Photo: Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images

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Harding moved 13 times before she made it to fifth grade

“I grew up all over Portland,” Harding told Amy Rorbach, later adding that she didn’t want to be a waitress like her mother and saw skating as her way out. ABC also interviewed LaVona “Sandy” Golden, Tonya’s mother, who refuted her daughter’s assertion that they were “trailer trash.”

“We had a nice, new trailer,” Golden said.

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Harding moved 13 times before she made it to fifth grade

“I grew up all over Portland,” Harding told Amy Rorbach, later adding that she didn’t want to be a waitress like her mother and saw skating as her

… more

Photo: Steven D Starr/Corbis Via Getty Images

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LaVona Golden’s coffee definitely tasted like brandy

Harding claimed her mother would slip a bit of brandy into her coffee whenever Golden watched her practice. Golden contended that it was brandy flavoring.

“You can’t get drunk on flavoring,” Golden said in the special.

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LaVona Golden’s coffee definitely tasted like brandy

Harding claimed her mother would slip a bit of brandy into her coffee whenever Golden watched her practice. Golden contended that it was brandy

… more

Photo: CRAIG STRONG/AFP/Getty Images

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One of Margot Robbie’s favorite Tonya moments is from an ’80s documentary about the figure skater

As research for “I, Tonya,” the Australian actress watched the 1986 documentary “Sharp Edges.” Harding was 15 when Sandra Luckow produced the film, which includes a scene where the young figure skater briefly speaks with her mother over the phone in a hotel room, hangs up and says, “What a bitch.”

Robbie said that was one of her “favorite Tonya moments.”

less

One of Margot Robbie’s favorite Tonya moments is from an ’80s documentary about the figure skater

As research for “I, Tonya,” the Australian actress watched the 1986 documentary “Sharp Edges.” Harding

… more

Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

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The ‘taming of Tonya’ went disastrously

There’s an extended montage of Harding’s handlers trying to gussy her up, make her an “ice princess,” as former KOIN-TV reporter Ann Schatz said.

Coaches and choreographers had her take ballet classes. They got her to try a trendy green dress on for a party. And none of it goes according to plan — at one point, Harding’s choreographer admits to feeling embarrassment when the 15-year-old would rub her nose during etiquette classes.

less

The ‘taming of Tonya’ went disastrously

There’s an extended montage of Harding’s handlers trying to gussy her up, make her an “ice princess,” as former KOIN-TV reporter Ann Schatz said.

Coaches and

… more

Photo: POOL/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Holy sh–. I just did it.”

That’s what went through Harding’s mind when she landed the triple axle at the 1991 National Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But, Harding told Rorbach, “Everything about life after that point became confusing.”

less

‘Holy sh–. I just did it.”

That’s what went through Harding’s mind when she landed the triple axle at the 1991 National Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But, Harding told Rorbach,

… more

Photo: Mike Powell/Getty Images

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Reporters absolutely dragged the guys who attacked Nancy Kerrigan

“Who uses their own personal credit card with their own name, stamped at the bottom, to check into a hotel? Who does that?” Schatz, the KOIN reporter, said.

“So stupid,” Connie Chung said.

“A couple of eighth graders would have come up with a better plan,” Schatz said again.

less

Reporters absolutely dragged the guys who attacked Nancy Kerrigan

“Who uses their own personal credit card with their own name, stamped at the bottom, to check into a hotel? Who does that?” Schatz, the KOIN

… more

Photo: CBS Photo Archive/CBS Via Getty Images

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The Nancy Kerrigan attack and ensuing fallout made figure skating cool

The ironic thing about the Kerrigan attack Rorbach said, was that “popularity for figure skating skyrocketed after Lillehammer.”

The Nancy Kerrigan attack and ensuing fallout made figure skating cool

The ironic thing about the Kerrigan attack Rorbach said, was that “popularity for figure skating skyrocketed after Lillehammer.”

Photo: VINCENT ALMAVY/AFP/Getty Images

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‘I have two Olympic medals. Nobody just gave them to me.’

That was Kerrigan’s rebuttal to claims that she continued to be famous after the ‘94 Olympics because of “The Incident.”

Shade. Thrown.

‘I have two Olympic medals. Nobody just gave them to me.’

That was Kerrigan’s rebuttal to claims that she continued to be famous after the ‘94 Olympics because of “The Incident.”

Shade. Thrown.

Photo: Adam Butler – PA Images/PA Images Via Getty Images

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Bye, Tonya: Longtime agent says he’s dropped Tonya Harding
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The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, start in less than a month, but the athlete driving the most headlines hasn’t laced up her skates competitively for a quarter of a century.

Tonya Harding, the former U.S. champion who became a figure of infamy after she was implicated in an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, has been making the media rounds thanks to the release of “I, Tonya,” a colorful biopic generating Oscar buzz for stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for their portrayals of Harding and her mother, LaVona Golden.

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The humanizing portrayal and accompanying press tour resulted in some good will toward Harding, but on Friday her longtime agent wrote that he was dropping her as a client. He outlined his reasons in a Facebook post, which was shared by USA Today reporter Christine Brennan.

“Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today regarding how to treat the press in the future,” Michael Rosenberg wrote. “(Harding’s) adamant and final position is that reporters must sign an affidavit stating that they won’t ask her anything ‘about the past’ or they will be fined $25,000.

“Obviously, it doesn’t work that way; and therefore I’ve chosen to terminate our business relationship,” he continued.

It appears Tonya Harding is up to her old tricks. Her loyal agent/publicist Michael Rosenberg resigned today over Tonya’s insistence that reporters be fined $25,000 if they ask her anything about the past. Here’s his FB post…”I, Tonya” is “Goodbye, Tonya!” pic.twitter.com/5BqLuLLLDE

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) January 11, 2018

Harding was born in Portland and now lives across the border in Battle Ground, Washington, according to Time. The attention surrounding “I, Tonya” has resulted in a controversial profile in The New York Times as well as a two-hour long special on ABC’s “20/20,” which aired Thursday night.

Our friends at OregonLive.com broke down the top moments from last night’s special, which you can find in the gallery above. Subscribe to the OregonLive.com newsletter news to see more.

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