"The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all," Harding says.
Tonya Harding gets emotional while discussing life after the 1994 whack heard 'round the world in a new interview with ABC News.
The network landed a lengthy sit-down with the subject of Margot Robbie's critically acclaimed biopic "I, Tonya," for an upcoming installment of its "Truth and Lies" docu-series. In the preview clip below, Harding chokes up at the mere mention of some of the most important men in her life.
"It's my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of," she says tearfully in the interview. "I always wanted my daddy to be proud, and now I want my son to be proud."
In the two-hour special, which airs Jan. 11, Harding sits down with ABC News' Amy Robach to address the feelings that still linger from the day Harding's bodyguard and a man hired by her ex-husband kneecapped her figure-skating opponent, Nancy Kerrigan, weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics.
"Do you still care what people think about you?" Robach asks.
"No..." Harding says, scoffing before admitting with a laugh, "Yes..."
Harding has said in the past that even today -- even 23 years after the incident that rocked the figure-skating world -- many people still believe she was the one who carried out the attack on Kerrigan.
"The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all," Harding says. "I'm always the bad person. Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing? You can't push me that far anymore 'cause I've been nothing. And I've been nothing several times."
"Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story" airs Thursday, January 11 on ABC.