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Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding


11/20/1970, Portland, Oregon, USA

Birth Name

Tonya Maxine Harding


Also Known As

That Bitch Harding, That Bitch Harding
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On her personal website, Tonya encourages fans to express fantasties involving her whether they be simpily meeting their idol or sexual fantasies.

    • Tonya has a movie on her life on GSN which is maily interviews with her and others and clips entitled Anything to Win - the Tonya Harding Story.

    • Tonya did an interview with The Insider speaking about her life now and her weight.

    • Tonya began to work her way up the competitive skating ladder in the mid-1980's.

    • Tonya maintains her innocence, going so far as to get a tattoo of an angel on her back as an alleged symbol of it.

    • In 2002, Tonya boxed on the Fox TV Celebrity Boxing event against Paula Jones winning the fight.

    • Tonya has had a number of run-ins with the law since her involvement with the Kerrigan attack.

    • Tonya appeared on a USA Pro Wrestling show in 1994 as the manager for wrestler Art Barr.

    • Tonya was married to Jeff Gillooly, who not long after the scandal began to fade from popularity, he changed his name to Jeff Stone. They divorced from all the scandal and publicity.

    • After doing their own investigation of the attack on Kerrigan, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya of her 1994 title and banned her for life from participating in any of its sanctioned events, or from becoming a sanctioned coach, because it concluded that she had indeed known about the attack before it happened.

    • The late part of Tonya's competitive career was blemished by a series of accidents, incidents, and excuses, causing television commentators to observe that No competition was complete without Tonya having a crisis.

    • Tonya placed 4th at the 1992 Winter Olympics.

    • Tonya landed her first triple axel in competition at the U.S. Championships, winning the title with the first 6.0 ever given to a female singles skater for technical merit at that event.

    • Tanya gained a lot of fame when she tried to harm Nancy Kerrigan at a practice for the 1994 Figure Skating Championships.

    • Tanya was the second woman and the first American woman to ever to complete a Triple Axel.

    • Tonya placed second in the World Championships in 1991.

    • Tonya won the U.S. Figure Skating Championship two times.

    • Tonya became an Elite Figure Skater.

    • Tonya had asthma which was aggravated by her smoking.

    • She is one of the only two female figure skaters ever to do a triple axel. The second is Michelle Kwan.

  • Quotes

    • Tonya Harding: (on being banned from skating after the 1994 Olympics) Everything fell apart. All those years of hard work? Gone. I thought, "If I haven't got my skating anymore, then what am I going to do?" I didn't have a college education. My skating was my whole entire life. It was devastating. There were lots of times when I couldn't leave the house. I hated myself.

    • Tonya Harding: (about the Nancy Kerrigan drama) It took everything away from me. I was the person I wanted to be when I was on the ice. But I've made some mistakes. Nobody in this world is perfect. Of course, I feel guilty for what happened, but I can't dwell. I have to go on living.

    • Tonya Harding: (about boxing) People think I'm crazy, but who's getting the last laugh? They're buying tickets and paying my salary.

    • Tonya Harding: I have put a lot of effort into boxing. This is not just a one-fight thing. I am making it my second career. I am not working eight-nine hours a day for nothing. I am 32 and just getting started, but I have the basics down. I know I still have a lot to learn. I feel I am continuing to improve everyday. I think I can take a punch okay because I have got hit pretty hard in sparring. I feel I can fight for three or four years

    • Tonya Harding: 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

    • Tonya Harding: She hits me and she beats me and she drinks. My mom is an alcoholic.

    • Tonya Harding: A few days after Harding said this, her bodyguard confessed to planning the attack. Later, her ex-husband (with whom she was living) also admitted involvement and implicated Harding. Though denying prior knowledge of the attack, she pled guilty to obstructing the criminal investigation, was expelled from the United States Figure Skating Association, and had to abandon her amateur career.

    • Tonya Harding: 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.

    • Tonya Harding: 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.