For Tonya Harding, competing on Dancing With the Stars has never been about winning — the item’s been about redemption as well as showing the planet a side of herself most people haven’t seen.
As the abbreviated all-athletes season of DWTS enters the finals — with Harding going head-to-head against NFL star Josh Norman as well as Olympian Adam Rippon, the 47-year-old former figure skater tells ET which doing This kind of far has been a victory all in itself.
“I had no idea which I had the item in me to get This kind of far,” Harding told ET during rehearsals for the upcoming DWTS finals. “the item’s because of America. Standing up, standing for us, standing for me the item’s truly an amazing journey as well as I just thank everybody who is actually voting for us.”
Harding has been trying her hardest over the last three weeks of competition, alongside her pro partner, Sasha Farber, as well as are fourth in terms of total over-all points with 95 out of a possible 110.
Their combined score is actually actually eight points lower than which of figure skater Mirai Nagasu as well as her partner, Alan Bersten, however, the 25-year-old Bronze medalist didn’t make the item through the semi-finals, while Harding as well as Farber moved on.
Farber joined Harding while she chatted with ET, as well as explained why he thinks fans have supported her all the way into the finals.
“I think which the possibilities are endless for Tonya, she’s proven herself so many times,” Farber shared. “as well as the item’s so nice to have America in her corner… she’s a brand new ray of sunshine as well as she’s a bright energy as well as I’m excited for what’s to come.”
For Tonya, getting the chance to compete as well as show America who she actually is actually has given her the opportunity to “walk tall.”
“I can hold my head up high. I don’t have [feel] like someone’s gonna come around the corner as well as say something to me which’s negative,” Harding shared. “I know there will always be those people, nevertheless which’s OK.”
Harding as well as Farber — who have thus far wowed the judges that has a Foxtrot, a Quickstep as well as a Rumba — will be showing off their skills that has a Viennese Waltz during the show’s season finale, as well as Harding promised,” I’m bringing everything I got.”
The Dancing With the Stars: Athletes season finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
–Reporting by Angelique Jackson