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Former champ Tonya Harding takes the ice in Vancouver, inspires local skaters

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Ice skating is a sport that brings out all ages. From the smallest of skaters just learning to stand on their own, to experienced ones gliding effortlessly across the ice.

At Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver, a champion is also among them.

“I was surprised when we got here that we found out that she skated here,” Sue Gummerson said.

At least three times a week you will see former champion figure skater Tonya Harding take to the ice.

“I know I have to take things slower. I want to get back to doing my triples,” Harding said to Amy Robach in an ABC interview set to air Thursday night.

Mountain View Ice Arena is the back drop to the major ABC special focused on the highs and lows of Harding's career. It covers several questions, including was she involved in the attack on Nancy Kerigan 23 years ago?

“I'm always the bad person. Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed?” Harding said.

But on the ice, it’s not about the past -- it’s about Harding finding her stride again.

She's helping aspiring figure skaters in the process.

“I think it's inspiring. You see kids from different backgrounds, and seeing that she’s still out here doing the jumps and stuff... it’s amazing,” Mary Little said.

Rink manager Bob Knoerl, who has run Mountain View Ice Arena since 2008, says he hopes the special and Tonya reinvigorates people's desire to skate.

“The kids look up to her, how can you not stop and watch a world champion,” Knoerl said.

Mountain View Ice Arena has skating classes for all levels and open skate daily.

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