- Birthdate: November 12, 1970
- Age: 51 Years, 51 12 months Outdated Females
- Solar Signal: Scorpio
- Additionally Identified As: Tonya Maxene Value, Tonya Maxene Harding
- Born in: Portland, Oregon, United States
- Well-known for: Determine Skater and Boxer
- The peak of the individual is 5’1″ (155 cm), 5’1″ FemalesHousehold:
- Ex-spouse/partner: Joseph Jens Value (m. 2010), Jeff Gillooly (m. 1990-1993), Michael Smith (m. 1995-1996)
- Father: Al Harding
- Mom: LaVona Fay Golden
- U.S. State: Oregon
- Metropolis: Portland, Oregon
who Is Tonya Harding?
Tonya Harding is a retired American determine skater who was the winner of the US Championship in 1991 and in 1994. Her fame was boosted as a skater in 1989 when she was topped the winner of the Skate America competitors. Following an argument that occurred within the yr 1994 Tonya needed to abandon determine skating and as a substitute, she turned her consideration to boxing. Tonya was an skilled boxer by 2003. Her fame grew when she started showing in movies and tv exhibits, making her a world-renowned superstar. The factor that made her a nationwide star was the incident the place Tonya’s major rival Nancy Kerrigan was mysteriously attacked within the days earlier than the “Nationwide Champion.’ Tonya used her fame and notoriety to her benefit, a lot that she wrote her personal historical past within the discipline of feminine ice-skating tradition. Her story and accomplishments have been integrated into quite a few educational research, and in 2017, the biopic ‘I Tonya’ got here out.
Childhood and Early Life
Tonya Harding was born on December 12, 1970 at Portland, Oregon. Her mom raised her, LaVona Golden. They lived positioned in East Portland. Tonya started skating at age three. When she was 4, her mother introduced her to Diane Rawlinson, who educated her in determine skating.
Tonya got here from a poor family and was pressured the privilege of carrying her mother’s handmade gown for competitions. Tonya had a troublesome childhood as a result of she was steadily confronted with bodily and psychological violence by her maternal grandmother.
In her teenagers, Tonya began spending time along with her father Albert Gordon Harding, from whom she discovered in regards to the varied cars. She additionally started to hunt and was a participant in quite a few drag races throughout her teenagers.
Tonya was a pupil at ‘Milwaukie’s Excessive College’ was pressured to depart her faculty to pay attention solely in her skating occupation. She then accomplished her “Normal Equivalency Diploma” and after that, she devoted herself to skating.
Tonya continued her skating alongside Diane Rawlinson and started collaborating in a wide range of determine skating competitions all through the U.S. The yr 1986 was the primary time she participated on the ‘U.S. Determine Skating Championships’ and was capable of end in sixth place. Then she competed within the championships for 3 years in a row.
Her fame as a determine skater after profitable “Skate America” in 1989. Tonya’s largest breakthrough was achieved in 1991, when she took residence her first U.S. Championship fairly convincingly after getting her very first triple-axel. Within the World Championships which have been held this identical yr once more scored the triple axel and have become an unique American girl to take action and the one first girl to realize it.
She then mastered the triple axel leap as she mastered varied feats leaping on three events throughout 1991 Skate America. Along with being one of many few ladies to hit an axel triple in the middle of a single program in addition to the very first feminine to realize two triple axels that have been profitable over the course of 1 occasion. Then, she grew to become one of many few ladies to hit the triple axel that has a double toe loops.
Tonya was then unable to make a great run , and he or she was unable to finish the well-known triple axel leap following the yr 1991. In 1992, throughout the ‘U.S. Championship’ in 1992, she twisted her ankle in a coaching session, and subsequently was not capable of compete. The next performances on the “Winter Olympics” in addition to different championships have been fairly poor and resulted in her title being taken off the World Championship workforce.
She received again to profitable methods again in 1994, when she received the ‘U.S. Determine Skating Championships,’ that was held in Detroit. Whereas her win secured her a spot on the 1994 Olympic workforce, many have been capable of inform there was one thing fallacious along with her win. Earlier than the ‘Nationwide championship,’ she’s main opponent Nancy Kerrigan was mysteriously attacked which contributed to her profitable the competition.
It turned out that it was revealed that the assault on Nancy Kerrigan was deliberate by Tonya’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt and her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. That they had employed an murderer often called Shane Stant, who was instructed to kill Nancy Kerrigan in order that she wouldn’t be capable of compete on the 1994 Winter Olympics.’
Nancy’s leg was struck laborious by an expandable baton whereas she returned from a exercise in Detroit. Though the intention was to fracture her leg on the appropriate aspect, this strike resulted in a critical harm to her leg. Nonetheless, it was sufficient to make her take a break from the ‘U.S. Determine Skating Championships.’
After the media began to put in writing about Nancy’s horrific assault her recognition grew and he or she was a cult determine throughout America. United States. Tv reporters poured in Lillehammer, Norway, the place Tonya was coaching for the ‘Winter Olympics. Tonya took half within the contest within the presence of media consideration and was eighth. Nancy who was recuperating at that time, was awarded her the gold medal.
The identical yr, Shane Stant, Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckhardt have been put behind bars. Jeff Gillooly admitted guilt and was keen to present testimony in opposition to Tonya. Tonya Harding pleaded responsible in March, and was positioned underneath supervision for 3 months. The choose additionally ordered her to pay an quantity of $100,000 in fines and be part of a volunteer work as much as 500 hours.
The incident left a everlasting mark on Tonya’s figure-skating profession, as she was required to withdraw from the World Determine Skating World Championships’, and ordered to depart america Determine Skating Affiliation’ (USFSA). On June thirtieth in 1994, the ‘USFSA initiated an investigation after which determined to deprive Tonya from her ‘U.S. Championship that the winner had received again in 1994. The USFSA additionally barred her from participating in any USFSA-related occasion.
in September of 1994 the ‘Penthouse journal launched stills from a intercourse cassette, that featured Tonya in addition to her then-husband Jeff Gillooly. The tape, bought by Jeff to a present on tv and have become extremely popular and elevated the recognition of Tonya. After being caught up in a number of controversy, Tonya Harding determined to make a reputation for herself in boxing.
Profession in Boxing
Tonya made her skilled boxing debut in 2003. After dropping her first match and never showing at any skilled boxing match for the remainder of the yr. In 2004 Tonya was matched in a match in opposition to Amy Johnson and was overwhelmed by Amy. Tonya’s profession in boxing got here to the top shortly, attributable to her well being points. Within the remaining phases of her profession in boxing, Tonya had received thrice and three defeats.
Different Works of Majority
The yr 1996 was the primary time Tonya made an look within the motion movie ‘Breakaway. Then, in 2002 she was a visitor within the cult recreation present on tv known as ‘Weakest Hyperlink. She additionally was employed as a commentator on”truTV Presents: The World’s Dumbest.’
The yr 2008 was the time that Tonya has launched an autobiography known as “The Tonya Tapes.’ Within the guide, she admitted that she was hounded with a threatening letter from Jeff Gillooly, who requested her to not name the FBI in case she needed to talk out in regards to the assault on Nancy.
Tonya is signed with producers of the television present ‘Dancing With The Stars. The present was signed by the producers within the season 26 and the present’s title is Dancing With the Stars Athletes. In 2018, she was a visitor on the present ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Present.’
Tonya received married to Jeff Gillooly in 1990, however she separated from her three years afterward. Then, in 1995 she was married Michael Smith, however this marriage ceremony additionally was ended after one yr. The couple then received grew to become engaged to Joseph Value in 2010, after having a gathering with him in an eatery. Tonya in addition to Joseph had an toddler son on the nineteenth of February in 2011.
After quitting boxing, Tonya has been a painter, welder clerk in addition to a deck builder. She skates 3 occasions per week, and remains to be adept in performing spins and jumps. She at the moment lives in Washington.
Her achievements and fame have made her a recognizable persona on the world of pop. The story of her life has been featured in a wide range of exhibits throughout totally different media. Tonya’s contribution to skating tradition was the subject of quite a few analysis research and essays.