Tonya Harding is an American skater as well as a professional boxer. She won Stake America competition in 1989. Tonya became U.S. Champion twice in 1991 and 1994. She is also the first American woman and the second woman in the world to win triple axel in competition. Not just that, she won two Olympic medals in her career. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Tonya Harding in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Tonya was born on 12th November 1970 in Portland, and she started showing interest in skating from the age of three. Her family was rather poor, and her skating dress was hand sewed. Her mother used to abuse her in the childhood both physically and psychologically. Tonya dropped out of Milwaukie High School to focus her attention on skating alone.
When she was 19, she got married to Jeff Gillooly in 1990. But it did not last more than three years, and they were divorced in 1993. In spite of their divorce, they keep on seeing each other. Two years later, she married Michael Smith, but the next year, the got separated. Tonya stayed single until she was 39 and got married to Joseph Price whom she met at a local resultant. The couple has a child, and they currently reside in Washington.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Tonya started her skating training at the age of four. It did not take her long to go up the ranks in U.S. Figure Skating Champions. From 1986 to 1988, she was ranked among top ten and in 1989 and 1999, she was third and second in the ranking respective. The year 1991 was the breakout year in her career as she landed a triple axel in US Champions and won the title. The triple axel combinations landed her with many world records.
But her performance started to decline in the following year and so did her ranking. Tonya suffered from various health issues like flu, asthma, and a twisted ankle. A big controversy took place in 1994 when Tonya’s main competitor Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by the assailant appointed by Tonya’s ex-husband. It became one of the biggest scandals in sports history in American. Tonya’s involved was confessed by her ex-husband, and she was forced to withdraw from Champions and resign from Association.
After she was suspended, her adult tape with her ex-husband was made public. In 2002, she started her professional boxing career. She boxed as a celebrity and for more money to survive in her life crisis. But due to her asthma conditions, her boxing career ended in a very short time with 3-3 win-loss record.
In 1989, Tonya won the Bronze medal in USFSA Women’s Champions. In 1991, she got the Gold medal, and in 1992, she got the Bronze medal in USFSA Women’s Champions. In 1994, Tonya won the Bronze medal in USFSA Women’s Champions but was stripped for her involvement in hiring an assailant to injure her competitor. Tonya is two-time Olympian and two-time U.S Champion in skating.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a skater with a short career who had to pay the penalty for her criminal involvement? Well, she has merely $50 thousand of net worth which is barely enough for her to survive. Whatever she earned from Skating were lost in pay the penalty in the criminal proceedings against her in the Kerrigan case. She then became a professional boxer for a short time, participated in Dancing with the Stars and got some royalty from her movie I, Tonya which won an Oscar.
It is sad to find that Tonya has eroded all her wealth due to her bad intentions and misconducts. She is an example for all other aspirants how things can go wrong in the sports world. Hopefully, she does not suffer any more financial crisis and lives a peaceful life henceforth.