Tonya Harding is two-time Olympian Skate winner who has a net worth of over $0.4 million US dollars. She is most popular for winning two Skate American and two Olympian Skate Championships. She is the first women to compete and second American women to complete the triple axel in the tournament. However, Tonya was banned from US Skating Championship in 1994, after she was found guilty of Katarina Witt’s injury before Winter Olympic.
Tonya Harding Biography
Tonya Maxene Harding was born in 1970 on 12th November, in Portland, Oregon to LaVona Fay Golden and Al Harding, who was her mother’s fifth husband. She was brought up with her brother Karl in Portland. Tonya started skating when she was only three years old. Harding was able to land her first triple lutz when she was 12.
She got most of her schooling from David Douglas High School but later dropped out and earned a GED much later.
Tonya Harding had a rough childhood, she reportedly claimed that her mother uses to physically and mentally abuse her when she was 7 years old. Even her mother accepted that she once hit Tonya with an ice rink.
She married her first husband Gillooly in 1990, with who she also sold a ‘sex tape’ to Penthouse for worth $200,000 each excluding the royalties. They divorced three years later.
She married her second husband Michael Smith in 1995 and separated from him within a year. She is currently married to Joseph Jens Price, with whom she has an only child named Gordon.
Although she has been skating since she was 3 years old, she gained popularity during the mid-1980s, when she came sixth a US Figure Skating Championship in 1986, and fifth in the next two subsequent years. And finally, she was able to win the Championship in 1989.
She saw her major career breakthrough in 1991 in US Championship, where she was able to land her first triple axel, and also won the title, getting a first 6, which was ever given to a female skater.
Harding has been able to land four triple axels in her career, which were all in 1991. One in US Championship, one in World Championship and two in 1991 Fall Skate American Competition.
In 1994, she was banned from participating in US Skating as she was found guilty of manipulating the prosecution, regarding an attack that followed Nancy Kerrigan her fellow skater. Harding’s then husband Jeff and bodyguard hired Stant, to injure Kerrigan’s right leg, in order to disable her from participating in 1994 Olympics. This incident put a full stop in her skating career.
She has also appeared in Hollywood movie called ‘Breakaway’, which released in 1996. She has been trying different career options now to support herself which include working as a waitress, host or an amateur boxer. She was last seen in 2008, working as a commentator on ‘The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest’.
Tonya Harding has won two US Figure Skating championship, one of which was taken from her after her prosecution case. She has also won Nations Cup, Skate American Championship, Prize of Moscow News, Skate America Championship, Silver winner in 1992 World Championship and also an Olympic winner.
Tonya Harding Net Worth & Income profile in 2017
Tonya Harding has an estimated net worth of over $0.4 million US dollars as of 2017. She had made most of her fortune, from her golden years in Figures Skating. Now she is just trying some extra dollars, by experimenting with singing acting and hosting in low budget shows.
It is being reported that Tonya Harding life will be portrayed in a biographical film called ‘I, Tonya’, where Margot Robbie, will play her role. It will be exciting to see her movie, from her perceptive. She had a very unfortunate downfall, from becoming an Olympic winner to a wannabe celebrity.