Stevens has shared two different versions of the single "Tonya Harding", and in an essay on the figure skater, he writes that he's been trying to write a song about Harding since he first saw her skate in 1991. Below is the song and part of the essay. She was an unlikely skating star, having been raised working class in Portland, Oregon.
Robbie plays Harding - who was ban from staking after she conspired with her ex-husband and bodyguard [Jeff Gillooly] to break fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan's legs ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics - in the bio/sport drama.
Kerrigan spoke out about the incident in the NBC documentary Nancy & Tonya in 2014.
However, after recovering in time for the Winter Olympics, she won the silver medal, with Harding coming eighth.
"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.
Tonya Harding's dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. "I thought I was going to meet her to placate her, but really she was more anxious about me-how I was doing with the ice-skating, how I was doing with the fame at a young age". In addition to the film, Sufjan Stevens released a song about the skater on Tuesday, simply titled "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.