No hard feelings here: Tonya Harding is totally cool losing “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” to Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who were “absolutely” the right winners. “They brought it home every week and Adam is wonderful,” Harding told “Entertainment Tonight. “They deserved it.”
After scoring a 56, including a perfect 30 for her uplifting freestyle, Harding and Sasha Farber finished tied for second with Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess. (The show did not reveal second and third place because of time constraints.) For the former figure skater, making it to the finale was a victory in and of itself as fans and viewers embraced her journey on the show.
“We feel wonderful. We made it this far. We went out, we achieved what we wanted to,” she said. “We did two clean programs. And I know how to dance and I have really good friends now for life.”
(Side note: love that she called her dances “two clean programs” like a true skater ‘til the end.)
In an Instagram post, Harding said that she was “so grateful” for the chance to do the show, which gave her closure to her skating career. Harding was banned by U.S. Figure Skating after she pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
“Thank you to America for giving me the chance to finish something I started along [sic] time ago, last night felt like it was the first time I landed the triple axel,” she wrote. “Thank you to @sashafarber1 for absolutly [sic] everything, you are the best, and we friends for life.”
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Not enough words to describle last night, its was everything and more. Im so grateful for getting the chance to be apart of this amazing family @dancingabc thank you to America for giving me the chance to finish something I started along time ago, last night felt like it was the first time I landed the triple axel. Thank you to @sashafarber1 for absolutly everything, you are the best, and we friends for life.