Ellen’s ‘Average Andy’ Tries To Learn Tonya Harding’s Incredible Moves

"Nobody's given me this much encouragement in my life."

Tonya Harding is a two-time Olympian, the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Champion, two-time Skate America Champion, and the first American woman to ever land the triple axel. And Ellen DeGeneres's Executive Producer Andy Lassner, is, well, "Average Andy."

So in The Ellen Show's latest installment of its "Average Andy" series, Lassner takes ice skating lessons from Harding herself, attempting various spins and jumps, and a full routine, too. 

"I am here to show you how to [skate] properly and as safely as possible," Harding tells Lassner on camera.


"Thank you. One thing that never comes into these discussions with Ellen is Andy's safety," Lassner responds, perhaps referring to the times he's wrestled with Ronda Rousey or tried Cirque du Soleil moves with the cast of Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA

With that, Lassner and Harding lace up their skates and see just how much Lassner can learn. Meanwhile, Harding shows off a few of her own moves, too, reminding us just how beautifully skilled the skater is. 

"Nobody's given me this much encouragement in my life," Lassner tells Harding after she compliments him on his skating capabilities. "This is what I need."

After some more practice, Lassner changes into some more skating-appropriate attire and the pair performs to Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold." It's both impressive and hilarious, and there are plenty of smiles to go around. 

You can also catch Harding speaking with DeGeneres about being the subject of the Oscar-nominated film, I, Tonya, here:


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