Tonya Harding Says 'It Doesn't Matter' If Public Has Embraced Her Ahead of 'DWTS' (Exclusive)

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Tonya Harding is about to see if she has what it takes to win the coveted mirrorball trophy.

The former Olympic figure skater is competing on Dancing With the Star's all-athlete season, and tells ET's Nischelle Turner that she's "very humbled" by the opportunity.

When asked if she thinks America is ready to embrace her, Harding -- who will be dancing with Sasha Farber -- replies, "Does it matter? It doesn't really matter. I'm just honored to be part of this and very humbled as well."

Harding returned to the limelight last year when Margot Robbie portrayed her in I, Tonya, a movie that fictionalizes the 47-year-old athlete's life as a professional figure skater and her ultimate fall from grace following the infamous 1994 attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan -- who competed on season 24 of DWTS.

While it's been quite a year for Harding, she notes that, to her, "it's been a lifetime," and she hasn't lost her competitive spirit.

Harding tells ET that she didn't think twice about joining DWTS, exclaiming, "Are you kidding? I was like, 'Oh my gosh, yes!'"

"I'm very honored that Sasha is my partner," she adds. "He is going to take me to places I have never been." 

Farber also seems confident that they could go all the way! "I'm just making sure Tonya is moving right, getting the coordination right and I'm just really excited for everyone to see this side of Tonya," he expresses. "I don't think anyone, and I mean anyone, has ever seen what she is going to show."

Dancing With the Stars' all-athlete season premieres Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. In the meantime, watch the video below to hear everything ET knows about the all-new season!

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