Tonya Harding's Mother Disputes 'Villain' Portrayal in New Film, Claims Daughter Hates Her
The estranged mom discussed the forthcoming movie about their relationship.
The mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding is weighing in on the trailer for a forthcoming movie based on her daughter.
Sandy Golden is speaking out for the first time in more than two decades about her relationship with her famous daughter.
She shared never-before-seen photos of her daughter as a young skater with Inside Edition, and said the two haven't spoken or seen each other since 2002.
“I didn't have any problems until she got up into her teens,” the mother said. “She hates me. Period. I could never do anything right for her. Nothing."
I, Tonya will tell the dramatic story of Harding’s rise and fall to figure skating fame and infamy, including the troubled relationship with her mother, which she discussed with Oprah Winfrey in a 2009 interview.
“It started when I was 6 or 7,” Harding told Oprah Winfrey. “She would be drag me and hit me with a hairbrush.”
Sandy Golden admits being tough but claims she was never abusive.
"I gave her one swat at a competition because she was this type of thing," she said. "And I was trying to do her hair and they were calling for her on the ice."
Golden says she worked three jobs to pay for Tonya's training and even sewed her costumes by hand. Her goal, she says, was to help make her daughter's Olympic dreams come true.
"I wanted her to have what I couldn't,” Golden claims.
She claims it was her daughter who wasn't always the easiest person to be around.
Harding was at the top of her game in 1994 and bound for Olympic glory when it all came crashing down in one of the most notorious scandals ever to rock the ice skating world, as her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was clubbed on the leg with a baton.
When Inside Edition caught up with Harding in 2012, she had settled down in Washington State, with a husband and young son. Golden says the boy is a grandchild she's never met.
"I’d love to be a part of the family," Golden said. "But I know she does not want this, so I don’t bother her."
Golden says she wishes Harding the best, even if the feelings may not be mutual.
"I thought I did everything I could for her," Golden told Inside Edition. "I really thought she'd love me for it. She didn’t.”
With the release of I, Tonya, the family drama will once again return to the headlines. The film, which stars Margot Robbie as Harding and Allison Janney as Golden, is set to open in select cities next month.
As she viewed the trailer for the film, Golden says Janney "doesn't even look like me."
Tonya Harding denied involvement in that attack on Kerrigan but did plead guilty to hindering the investigation. She was later banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.
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