After 'I, Tonya', Nancy Kerrigan's attacker Shane Stant reveals his side of the story

"My Hero's Shadow" is the story of Shane Stant, who is an often-forgotten figure in Nancy Kerrigan's attack.


                            After 'I, Tonya', Nancy Kerrigan's attacker Shane Stant reveals his side of the story

Margot Robbie, who was completely enamored by the story of figure skater Tonya Harding, produced and starred in I, Tonya. The story explores the events that led to Tonya getting blacklisted from competitive figure skating for life, and for those living under a rock, it involves the people close to her attacking her rival Nancy Kerrigan. 

The man who planned and enacted the actual attack had been mostly sidelined until recently. However now, Shane Stant, the man who assaulted figure skater after a practice session at the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, is sharing his own side of the story with the documentary My Hero's Shadow.  

Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of 'I, Tonya' Supported By Svedka on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

The hit-man was reportedly hired by Tonya's then-husband Jeff Gillooly, and her self-appointed bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, who wanted to enhance the disgraced figure skater's chances at winning at the 1994 Winter Olympics by ruining her rival Nancy's chances. In My Hero's Shadow, he recounts the events that led to the assault and his time in prison after it happened.  

"If you mentally believe that you belong somewhere, then no one will question you,” Shane said in the trailer for the documentary while revealing how he made his way inside the at Cobo Arena, where he attacked her. 

“I was timing the movements of the cameramen. He followed [Nancy], he put the camera down and I just walked right past him to the right.”

Nancy Kerrigan rehearses at 'Kaleidoscope' presented by sanofi-aventis US airing nationally on Thanksgiving Day on FOX at Verizon Center on November 16, 2009 (Getty Images)

Shane, was who was 22 years old at the time, had believed that it would be like one of his regular assignments, after all, had a history of "beating people up periodically for money." Little did he know that this would turn into an international crime story.  

“The truth is, I just thought, 'Well, I’ll do this and kind of go on with my life and she'll go on with her life,'" he told Inside Edition. “I had no problem until it saw the effect of it,” he further added. 

The documentary also focuses on his sister Maile, who was a mere two-years-old at the time of his arrest. In the trailer she can be heard describing her own struggles trying to reconcile with the notion of her "compassionate" brother who was labelled a "thug" by the world.  

Shane Stant getting arrested for attacking Nancy Kerrigan (Twitter)

"I just loved him. He was my favorite brother and he was so compassionate and so tender in home. He impacted the world around him. I was still so young that I didn't really know anything about the attack and the tabloids and the power of media," she said.

She added, "And that was hard to come to terms with reading you know, this thug or even seeing the word hitman, kind of just gives you this lump in your throat, you know, when you've always regarded someone as your hero." 

My Hero's Shadow, from the trailer seems to be about Maile's love for her brother, and other not-so-lovable side of him that she had to come to terms with.

You can watch the trailer of the documentary here: 

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