Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song "Tonya Harding" About the 1990s Figure Skater

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, told People.com he was unsure how to approach the infamous former figure skater.

Tonya Harding is experiencing a renaissance of sorts.

There was no sign of Nancy Kerrigan on the red carpet, but Tonya Harding was smiling from ear to ear at the Los Angeles premiere of "I, Tonya", director Craig Gillespie's movie about the former figure skater and her involement in the freakish episode at the 1994 Winter Olympics that left Kerrigan wounded. Below is the song and part of the essay.


He adds that his song is unrelated to the upcoming biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie: "I sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn't find a way to use it", the musician noted in a blog post. Harding avoided jail time but pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution.

Weeks after the attack, Kerrigan went on to win a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Tonya was also banned for life from all United States Figure Skating Association competitions, and was stripped of her 1994 US Championshops title.


"I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs - sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc", Stevens writes. "But the more I became Tonya, the more I saw things from her point of view".

In order to get in tip top shape for her role, Robbie spoke directly with Harding, who gave her some valuable advice. Now, he's shared another new song: a gorgeous, meditative ode to disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. In fact, in 1991, Harding wowed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, do in large part thanks to her landing the super hard triple axel, making Harding the first American woman to land the jump at an event.

"I got my initial ideas while walking around at night on the set of Gotham", Elfman previously said of his inspiration for the film's score.


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