Tonya Harding is an American former Olympic figure skater who has got a big net worth. She is a skater champion and has won the 1991 skating competition. All the fans love her as she has got a lot of skills in the game. She was placed second in the World Championship. If this isn’t enough she is the first woman in the history of America to land into a triple axel in the competition. Unfortunately, she is accused of attacking a fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Due to this incident, she had to lose her skating career for life. However, she changed her career plans and also worked as a professional boxer. As her popularity was increasing again she featured on ABC’s Dancing with the stars. If you want to know more about this talented lady read the following details.
Tonya Harding was born on November 12th, 1970 in Portland. She is 50 years old currently. Her mother is LaVona who worked as a waitress and raised her well when her father passed away. If this isn’t enough her mother looked for various jobs and even worked as an apartment manager and truck driver. Tonya started her preparation for skating when she was only three years old.
Her coach was Diane Rawlinson and her mother made her skating clothes by hand. They couldn’t afford much in the old days. She went to Milwaukie High School but wanted to pursue a career in skating. Due to her skills, she even earned her GED in 1988. She revealed to the media that she was mentally and physically abused by her mother while was also raped by her half-brother.
Tonya started her skating career after school and in 1986 she came in sixth place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. After two years or so she also got fifth place in the same competition. The year 1989 was a huge success for her as she won National Championship and Skate America competition too. In another competition, she got the seventh position as she was suffering from flu and asthma. Her career has always been a success as she got the fourth position at the winter Olympics, sixth in the Worlds championship. If this isn’t enough she has also won the ESPN PRO skating competition and achieved the second position.
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Attack on Nancy Kerrigan
Many people were surprised to find out the Nancy had to go through an accident while skating. It was later revealed that the accident was planned by an ex-husband and a friend. Due to the accident, Nancy suffered injuries and as a result, Tonya was disqualified from skating for life.
Personal Life and Net Worth
Tonya got married to Jeff Gillooly but they got divorced after few years. Her total net worth is $30 thousand and she has gained this from her career. Many people didn’t like the fact that she attacked a fellow skater and it affected her popularity too. She also worked as a professional boxer for some time and trying to lead a good life.