Birthname: Tonya Maxine Harding
Birth Date: 12 November 1970
Birth Place: Portland, Oregon
Pets: 1 x Dog Named Dakota
Education: dropped out of high school during her Sophomore year, later got her GED
Profession: a former figure skater turned boxer from Portland, Oregon.
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Tonya Harding is a former figure skater now turned as boxer from Portland, Oregon. Tonya was having a tough childhood in an unstable family.
Tonya won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships twice and placed second in the 1991 World Championships. She was the second, and the first American woman, to complete a triple axel jump in competition. Japan's Midori Ito was the first to complete a triple axel jump in the 1989 world championships. Tonya was ssecond and 14 years after Tonya, Kimmie Meissner lands a triple axel.
This Portland figure skater started skating at the age of 4 and at age 5 she won her first competition. She had a very unstable family at her childhood, her mother (LaVona) was allegedly abusive and her father (Al Harding) suffered from physical problems. At the age of 19, Tonya married to Jeff Gillooly, divorced in the summer of 1993 but later reestablished there relationship.
Tonya and his husband became a part of newspaper headlines due to the harmful attack to competitor Nancy Kerrigan at a practice session during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. After conducting the investigation of the attack, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Harding of her 1994 title and banned her for life from participating in any of its sanctioned events, or from becoming a sanctioned coach.
Now Harding is turned as a boxer, started boxing from the Fox TV Show "Celebrity Boxing". As of Jan 2005 her record is 4-3-0 (1 KO). Tonya has done one movie called 'Breakaway', also appeared in many TV shows one of the HBO comedy hits, Arli$$. She has been the guest on the Rosanne show, The Maury Show, and has twice been interviewed on the Larry King Live show, on CNN. Three books are written on Tonya named Fire on Ice, Women On Ice and Thin Ice.
Born on 12 November 1970, Tonya Harding is a former figure skater. Tonya born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Harding started sketing at the age of 3. On her trip to the Lloyd Center, she watched other kids skating and then wanted to try it, she becomes natural at the age of 5. Tonya got the attention of Diane Rawlinson (former star of Ice Capades). Form then for several years Diane become Tonya's coach.
Tonya's childhood was not so good, her mother (LaVona) was allegedly abusive and her father (Al Harding) suffered from physical problems. Her family had little money and was very unstable.
At the age of 5, tonya won her first competition, while at the age of 8, Tonya did her first triple jump, it was quite an amazing and rare for an 8 year old. Since 12 Tonya began experimenting the Triple Axle.
At the age of 19, Tonya married to Jeff Gillooly. But there marrage was not successful, she had filed several complaints to police during their three year marriage. The couple gets divorced in the summer of 1993, but reconciled shortly thereafter.
In 1988, Tonya won a Russian award, she was the first American woman to win this title. The major point comes in Tonya's career in 1991, as she won her first National title, at the Target Center in Minneapolis at Senior Nationals. Tonya earned a 6.0 for technical merit, the first perfect score any woman had received in this competition in nearly 2 decades. Also she became the the first US woman, and the only other woman in the world, to complete the Triple Axle.
Tonya then went on to Worlds, where she performed this difficult jump once again, and received the Silver medal. Later she participated in Skate America, where she broke 2 world records and won the championship.
Tonya began touring with Tom Collins Champions On Ice in 1991. At that time she was known as the first and only woman to land a Triple Axle in both the short and long programs. In her first Olympics she was placed fourth. Before Olympics she performed a quad loop jump in a Texaco commercial.
In 1994, she becomes the first place at Nationals. The same year she has gone to do a movie called 'Breakaway', recorded a CD of an original song, which she dedicated to the victims of the Oklahoma bombing tragedy, done numerous interviews, and appearances. In 1997 she performed skating at a hockey game in Reno and received standing ovations from the first sell out crowd ever at one of their games.
In 2000 Harding made a huge comeback at the ESPN professional competition in Huntington West Virginia, where she was invited to compete in her first competition in five years and placed 2nd. At that event she got a warm welcome from audiences with standing ovations and the TV show Entertainment tonight had one of the largest viewing audiences the week they did the interview with Tonya. E! Cable network made a show on Tonya's life, and it is still one of the most watched personality profiles they have done.
Tonya did acting in one of the HBO comedy hits, Arli$$. Also she has been the guest on the Rosanne show, The Maury Show, and interviewed twicw on the Larry King Live show, on CNN. Tonya also hosted a whole week of program, called "Bad Boy's Week" for TNN cable network. Also in Charleston, she was the guest of the Charleston River dogs baseball team. She was also the guest of the Jacksonville Suns ball club, in Florida. She also appeared on the TV game show, The Weakest Link. Tonya and some other celebrity did this for a charity, while Tonya donated her portion to NOVA.
Attack on Nancy Kerrigan
Tonya becomes the part of headline in newspapers with the case of harming competitor Nancy Kerrigan on January 6, 1994 at a practice session during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Her Jeff Gillooly had hired Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan on the knee. Tonya Harding went on to win that event, while Kerrigan withdraw from compeition due to injury.
When Tonya admitted that she had helped to cover up the attack, then both the United States Olympic Committee and USFSA decided to remove her from the 1994 Olympic team, but still with this threatening legal action Tonya performed in 1994 Olympics and finished eighth while Kerrigan, recovered from her injuries, finished second.
After conducting the investigation of the attack, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Harding of her 1994 title and banned her for life from participating in any of its sanctioned events, or from becoming a sanctioned coach.
Tonya's boxing career starts with the Fox TV Show "Celebrity Boxing" in 2002, where she played against Paula Jones and won the fight. In 22 February 2003, Tonya made her official women's professional boxing debut, where she lose a four round decision in the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Clifford Etienne bout. At Creek Nations Gaming Center Tonya won her third pro bout against Alejandra Lopez.
It was reported on March 23, 2004 that Tonya cancelled a planned boxing match against Tracy Carlton in Oakland, California because of an alleged death threat against her. After a gap of year, she boxed on June 24, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, where she was beaten by Amy Johnson. As of Jan 2005 Tonya's record is 4-3-0 (1 KO).
Tonya Harding's - Filmography
Tonya Harding - Actress filmography
Year Movie Name
2003 The Prize Fighter (V)
Tonya Harding's - Herself filmography
Year Movie Name
2002 Celebrity Boxing (TV)
2000 Tonya Harding: The E! True Hollywood Story (TV)
1999 ESPN Pro Skating Championships (TV)
1994 Tonya and Jeff's Wedding Night (V)
1994 The 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition Highlights Video (V)
1994 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition and Exhibition Highlights (V)
1994 NBC Sports Presents World Champions On Ice (V)
1992 1992 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (V)
Tonya Harding's - Archive Footage
Year Movie Name
2003 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (TV)
1998 Banned from Television II (V), Wedding Night
Tonya Harding's - Notable TV Guest Appearances
Year Movie Name
29 March 2004 "High Chaparall" playing "Herself" (episode # 2.3)
22 October 2001 "Weakest Link" playing "Herself" in episode: "Newsmakers Edition"
6 June 1999 "Arli$$" playing "Herself" in episode: "Cause and Effect" (episode # 4.1)
Tonya Harding - Quotes
"One thing I like about boxing is that I will not have to deal with the same kind of politics that I had to in skating. In boxing, it is not about your appearance, or how your costume looks, what color it is, or how much it costs."
"I am in absolutely the best shape of my life and ready to go. I am not nervous at all. Physically and mentally, I have never felt better."
"It's an image that the media has given me as a bad girl, and the only reason they gave me that image is just because of the few things that have gone wrong in my life, and also because I grew up living in a trailer. I moved around 13 different times before I was in fifth grade, not having money, not having a lot of friends. My biological mother made my clothes or bought my clothes from Salvation Army or Goodwill. And so, you know, that's where the bad girl image came from."
"I still put on the skates once in a while, but I do not look back. I had a great career. I hope to have a great career in boxing, too. I am not bitter at the way some people may look at me. Sure, I am trying to turn my image around and be a lady. But you can be a lady, and an athlete, too."
"There are some similarities between boxing and skating. Both require power and grace. Physically, boxing is obviously much harder. I weighed between 105-108 pounds when I skated. I will weigh around 120 for my first fight. I just ate a bunch of carbohydrates, which was great, to help gain some weight. I did not lift weights at all."
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