8:00am PT by Ryan Parker
Tonya Harding's Surprising Batman Connection
Believe it or not, notorious figure skater Tonya Harding has a connection to Batman — and it is actually pretty special.
The ice skater is back in the news as the Margot Robbie-starrer I, Tonya opens this weekend. The Craig Gillespie-directed film shines a spotlight on the Olympian who became a household name 1994 when she was implicated in the attack on fellow Team USA skater Nancy Kerrigan. She was subsequently banned from the sport for life after pleading guilty to hindering authorities' investigation into the incident.
Before the real-life soap opera unfolded on wall-to-wall news coverage, Harding was noted for her skating prowess. In fact, in 1991, Harding wowed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, due in large part to her landing the difficult triple axel, making Harding the first American woman to land the jump at an event.
Even cooler (and super random) Harding skated to the Batman theme, which was composed by Danny Elfman for the 1989 Michael Keaton film.
The reason behind the song choice is unknown, but her routine won her gold, so all of it worked well for the judges.
"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. "With the Batman theme, I just looked for the components of something that could be mysterious, that could be dark, that could also get fun and can also have a driving heroism, too."
I, Tonya opens Friday.
Harding nails the triple axel to the Batman theme at about the one-minute mark in the video below.