Tonya Harding
American figure skater
Tonya Harding
Tonya Maxine Harding is an American figure skating champion, a two-time Olympian, and a two-time Skate America Champion. In 1991 she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships. She was the second woman, and the first American woman, to complete a triple axel jump in competition.
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See Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding Transformation for 'I, Tonya' - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - about 1 month
Hollywood Reporter See Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding Transformation for 'I, Tonya' Hollywood Reporter The biopic will chronicle the events leading up to the scandal between Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Margot Robbie's transformation into Tonya Harding is complete. It was announced last spring that the ... Whoa, Margot Robbie Has Totally Transformed For Her Latest See Margot Robbie's Drastic Transformation to Become Tanya HardingABC News See Margot Robbie's amazing transformation into Tonya Harding for new The Boston Globe -Sports Illustrated all 43 news articles »
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Here’s A Weird Olsen Twin Thing You Didn’t Know Existed
Huffington Post - 2 months
Tourists taking a trip to New York have been visiting the city’s iconic museum gift shops all month, buying presents they hope will convince friends back home that they’re the sophisticated one in their group. The true meaning of December has always been gifting a loved one a Van Gogh finger puppet and annoyingly informing anyone who will listen that the painter’s last name is actually pronounced more like “vun hawk” (with optional hawk screech). But this year, tourists and New Yorkers alike have a brand new museum shop at which to spend their earnings. They can now shop at a museum gift shop that sells art, kimonos and lunch boxes featuring the famous likenesses of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.  Earlier in 2016, Brooklyn comedians Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins opened a museum exhibit dedicated to the Olsen twins. Now they’re expanding that idea into the holiday shopping season. The Olsen twin exhibit had paintings and other forms of artwork that celebrated the greatness of ...
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This 1995 Mel Gibson Interview Is Strangely Super Relevant Again
Huffington Post - 4 months
The Mel Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” debuts Friday, following arguably a successful press cycle of redemption for the controversial star. Most notably, Stephen Colbert invited Gibson to be on “The Late Show” earlier this week. The two made a viral video together and Gibson kind-of-sort-of expressed remorse for the things he did and said in his younger days. “Not my proudest moment, Stephen,” Gibson told the late-night host, presumably referring to his anti-Semitic comment to a police officer who pulled him over for suspected drunken driving in 2006. Gibson told the officer, “F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He could’ve also been referencing a racist rant from 2010 in which he told a woman, now infamously, “You look like a f**king pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault.”   Gibson continued to tell Colbert on the show, “But, you know, 10 years go by, I worked a lot on myself, I’m actually happier and ...
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Where's the beef? Rio rivalries
CNN - 7 months
Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan; the Russian and US ice hockey teams; Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson; Mary Decker vs. Zola Budd -- the Olympics have always played host to some intense rivalries, sometimes personal, sometimes geopolitical.
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The Gingerbread Shanty: A Christmas "Faily" Tale
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Once upon a time, there was a Manual Labor Mom, who was fully aware of her uncrafty, disorganized, anti-domestic limitations. She went along her merry way, performing her manual labors happily, feeling satisfied that she tried her hardest and gave her best. Even so, there were times when it seemed a little irritatingly perfect Room Mom was trapped inside of her, nagging at her in a nasally, uppity, country-clubbish voice, insisting that if the Manual Labor Mom pushed herself, she could be the Room Mom she was truly destined to be. One day, about a week before Christmas, after the Manual Labor Mom had already maxed out her short supply of creativity on decorating the inside and outside of her imperfect home for Christmas, her mother-in-law showed up with a fancy box full of two thousand pieces of gingerbread with which she intended to construct a Gingerbread Model Home with her three grandsons. This kind of project was NOT in the Manual Labor Mom's wheelhouse, so she carefully avo ...
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I'm Tired of Pretending Figure Skating Isn't the Best Sport Ever (But It Needs Help)
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I remember my first time watching figure skating with eerie clarity. February 1994. Like millions upon millions of other people around the world, my 9-year-old eyes were glued to the television to watch the skating competitions during the Olympic Games in Lilllehammer, Norway. I distinctly remember Tonya Harding's skate lace meltdown, Nancy Kerrigan's twinkling beige dress and Scott Hamilton's commentary yelping exuberantly about it all. I was totally hooked. In the years that followed, I began to obsessively follow every competition and show on TV, filling up hundreds of blank VHS tapes so that I could re-watch Michelle Kwan's every moment of glory whenever I wished. (Oh, the days before DVR.) I also attended dozens of events in person, including the Olympic-qualifier national championships in St. Louis in 2006. After that, my interest waned. At the same time, figure skating's popularity in the United States has plummeted. While endless hours of skating coverage used to fill t ...
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Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum
NPR - almost 2 years
Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan's attack and the media frenzy is just so American. » E-Mail This
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Comedians Raise Funds For A Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding 'Museum' In Their Hallway
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It’s not a campaign for potato salad, but this might be one of the more creative uses of Kickstarter we’ve seen yet. After streaming ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary spotlighting the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding Olympic figure skating scandal on Netflix, Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen were apparently so inspired by the drama and intrigue of it all that they launched a Kickstarter campaign to convert a long hallway in their shared two-bedroom apartment into a “museum” dedicated to Kerrigan and Harding. Just how serious are the two comedians about their endeavor? According to their Kickstarter bio, “very very serious." They echoed that sentiment to The Huffington Post, saying, "We are fully prepared to take this to the limit." As of Wednesday, the two had surpassed their modest fundraising goal of $75, with almost double that donated to their endeavor. The campaign, which started Tuesday, will close on March 5. According to the campaign, the ...
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Tonya Harding Looks Back On Her Figure Skating Scandal 20 Years Later
Access Hollywood - about 3 years
It’s been 20 years since former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding was embroiled in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, something Tonya maintains she had nothing to do with.
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15 Golden Moments From ESPN's Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Doc
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Last night's installment of ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30 was undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time The Price of Gold directed by Nanette Burstein took us back to the winter of 1994 and the tragic story of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Twenty years later the Biggie...
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Tonya Harding is still bitter
USA Today - about 3 years
She appeared on ESPN, and she's still mad.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Harding-Kerrigan Story
NYTimes - about 3 years
“The Price of Gold,” part of ESPN’s documentary series “30 for 30,” chronicles the figure-skating rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.     
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What We Missed About The Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding Scandal 20 Years Ago
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When I was a little girl, I adored figure skating. The flawless sparkly outfits, the graceful artistry and athletic technicality of the movements, and most of all, the skaters themselves -- specifically, Nancy Kerrigan. She was the perfect ice princess with her Vera Wang-designed costumes and her long, ballerina limbs, and she made every double axel and triple lutz she landed look easy. (Plus she had beautiful brown hair and her name was the same as my mother's, which to a girl under the age of 10 -- who also had brown hair -- made all the difference.) She was the symbol of a Cinderella comeback story. In 1994, just weeks before the winter Olympics, Kerrigan was attacked by an unknown assailant who would later be identified as a hitman hired by fellow skater Tonya Harding's husband Jeff Gillooly, and bodyguard Shawn Eckardt. Kerrigan recovered and won the silver medal. I was not alone in my early-'90s love for Kerrigan. Even before January 6th, 1994, the figure skater's star was q ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tonya Harding
  • 2016
    Age 45
    On March 21, 2016, it was announced that Australian actress Margot Robbie would portray Harding in the upcoming biographical film, I, Tonya.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    In 2014, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen created the The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum in their Brooklyn, NY apartment.
    More Details Hide Details This installation was covered by several national press outlets.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    She gave birth to a son on February 19, 2011. Harding and her role in the Kerrigan attack have been widely referenced in sitcom episodes, music videos, and even a primary campaign speech by Barack Obama. In 2014, ESPN aired a 30 for 30 documentary on the Kerrigan attack called The Price of Gold.
    More Details Hide Details On February 23, 2014, NBC aired a documentary on the incident called Nancy & Tonya.
    On February 11, 2011, it was announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    On August 12, 2010, Harding set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph driving a 1931 Ford Model A, named Lickity-Split, on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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  • 2008
    Age 37
    In her 2008 autobiography, The Tonya Tapes, Harding said that she wanted to call the FBI to reveal what she knew, but refused when Gillooly allegedly threatened her with death following a gunpoint gang rape by him and two other men she did not know.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently changed his name to Jeff Stone and called the allegations "utterly ridiculous." Eckhardt, who legally changed his name to Brian Sean Griffith following his release from jail, died of natural causes at age 40 on December 12, 2007. Harding had a celebrity sex tape: an explicit "Wedding Video" showed her having sex with her then-husband, Jeff Gillooly. They had sold it together to Penthouse, for an advance of $200,000 each plus royalties. Penthouse published stills from the tape in September 1994, and the tape itself was released at about the same time.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    On June 24, 2004, after reportedly not having boxed for over a year, she was beaten in a match in Edmonton, Alberta, by boxer Amy Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Fans reportedly booed her as she entered the ring and cheered wildly for Johnson as she won in the third round. Harding later protested the outcome. Her boxing career was quite short, a brevity she attributes to asthma. Her overall record was 4–3–0. Date! Opponent! Result! Type! Round, Time!
    On March 23, 2004, it was reported that she canceled a planned boxing match against Tracy Carlton in Oakland, California, because of an alleged death threat against her.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    On February 22, 2003, she made her official women's professional boxing debut, losing a four-round decision in the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Clifford Etienne bout, amid rumors that she was having financial difficulties and needed to box to earn money.
    More Details Hide Details She did another celebrity boxing match, on The Man Show, and won against co-host Doug Stanhope. She won her third pro bout against Alejandra Lopez at the Creek Nations Gaming Center.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, she boxed on the Fox TV network Celebrity Boxing event against Paula Jones, winning the fight.
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  • 1996
    Age 25
    In late 1996, she used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to help revive an 81-year-old woman, Alice Olson, who collapsed at a bar in Portland, Oregon, while playing video poker.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2008, she became a regular commentator for TruTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest, later retitled TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest after ended its partnership with TruTV in the production. She is no longer on the show as of 2013.
    She had a part in a 1996 crime-film titled Breakaway, playing the girlfriend of a criminal.
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  • 1995
    Age 24
    She divorced her second husband, Michael Smith, in 1995 and married 42-year-old Joseph Jens Price on June 23, 2010.
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    A one-off promotional musical event was unsuccessful when Harding and her band, the Golden Blades, were booed off the stage in their only performance, in 1995 in Portland, Oregon.
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  • 1994
    Age 23
    In June 1994, U.S. Figure Skating voted to strip Harding of her 1994 title. (See #January 1994 incident) However, the competition results were not changed and the title was left vacant rather than moving all the other competitors up one position.
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    Harding appeared on an AAA professional wrestling show on June 22, 1994, in Portland, Oregon, as the manager for wrestling stable Los Gringos Locos, which that night included Art Barr, Eddie Guerrero, and Brian Cox.
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    On June 30, 1994, after conducting its own investigation of the attack, the USFSA stripped her of her 1994 U.S. Championships title and banned her for life from participating in USFSA-run events as either a skater or a coach.
    More Details Hide Details The USFSA concluded that she knew about the attack before it happened and displayed "a clear disregard for fairness, good sportsmanship and ethical behavior". Although the USFSA has no control over non-competitive professional skating events, she was also persona non grata on the pro circuit because few skaters and promoters would work with her. Consequently, she failed to benefit from the pro skating boom that ensued in the aftermath of the scandal.
    As part of the plea bargain, she was also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and resign from the USFSA.
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    On February 1, 1994, Gillooly accepted a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Harding.
    More Details Hide Details Gillooly, Stant, Eckhardt, and getaway car driver Derrick Smith all served time in prison for the attack. Eckhardt was sentenced to 18 months in prison for racketeering but was released four months early in September 1995. Harding avoided further prosecution and a possible jail sentence by pleading guilty on March 16 to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers. She received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine.
    Harding won that event, and she and Kerrigan were both selected for the 1994 Olympic team.
    More Details Hide Details Harding finished eighth in Lillehammer, while Kerrigan, by then fully recovered from the injury, won the silver medal behind Oksana Baiul from Ukraine. The attack on Kerrigan and the news of Harding's alleged involvement led to a media frenzy of saturation news coverage. Kerrigan appeared on the cover of both TIME and Newsweek magazines in January 1994. Reporters and TV news crews attended Harding's practices in Portland and camped out in front of Kerrigan's home. CBS assigned Connie Chung to follow her every move in Lillehammer. Four hundred members of the press jammed into the practice rink in Norway. Scott Hamilton complained that "the world press was turning the Olympics into just another sensational tabloid event." The tape-delayed broadcast of the short program at the Olympics remains one of the most watched telecasts in American history.
    Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt, hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan's right leg so that she would be unable to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
    More Details Hide Details After failing to find Kerrigan at her training rink in Massachusetts, Stant followed her to Detroit. When she stepped off the ice after practice at Cobo Arena and walked behind a nearby curtain into a corridor, Stant struck her on the thigh a few inches above the knee with an ASP telescopic baton. Her leg was only bruised, not broken, but the injury forced her to withdraw from the national championship.
    On January 6, 1994, Harding's main team competitor Nancy Kerrigan was attacked. The widely publicized attack took place after a practice session at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.
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    In 1994, she was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association and pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution following the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.
    More Details Hide Details Harding was born in Portland, Oregon to LaVona Fay Golden (b. 1940) and her fifth husband, Al Harding (1933–2009). Her father had health problems that sometimes left him unable to work. She claims that her mother physically abused her, a claim her mother admitted to when asked for a response by the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009. She began skating at age three. She landed her first triple lutz at age 12. Her mother made many of her skating costumes. Harding stopped attending David Douglas High School in Portland during her sophomore year and later earned a GED, as she was busy with skating competitions, having begun receiving invitations to them while she was still in junior high school.
  • 1993
    Age 22
    In the 1993 season, she skated poorly in the U.S. Championships and failed to qualify for the World Championship team.
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  • 1992
    Age 21
    She finished fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics, and in the 1992 World Championships, she placed sixth in a weak field.
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    In 1992, she placed third in the U.S. Championships after twisting her ankle in practice.
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  • 1991
    Age 20
    Despite these record-breaking performances, she was never able to successfully perform the triple axel in a competition after 1991, and her competitive results began to decline as a result.
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    At the Fall 1991 Skate America, Harding recorded three more firsts:
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    In her career, Harding landed four triple axels in competition. All of them were in 1991, where she completed each one she tried: one at the U.S. Championships, another at the World Championships, and two at the Fall 1991 Skate America competition.
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    At the 1991 World Championships, she again completed the triple axel jump (becoming the first American woman to perform it at an international event) but finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi.
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    Harding's breakthrough year was in 1991, where she landed her first triple axel at the U.S. Championships, winning the title with the event's first 6. ever given to a single female skater for technical merit.
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    In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Harding was the second woman, and the first American woman, to complete a triple Axel jump in competition.
  • 1990
    Age 19
    Harding was born to parents LaVona Fay Golden and Al Harding and grew up in Portland with brother Karl. She married Jeff Gillooly in early 1990, when she was 19 years old. Their tumultuous marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
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    She was considered a strong contender at the 1990 U.S. Figure Skating Championships after having won Skate America 1989, but she had a poor free skate as a result of suffering from the flu and asthma, and dropped from second place after the original program to finish seventh overall.
    More Details Hide Details While she was a powerful free skater, she typically had lower placements in the compulsory figures.
  • 1986
    Age 15
    Harding began working her way up the competitive skating ladder in the mid-1980s, placing sixth at the 1986 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, fifth in 1987 and 1988, and third in 1989.
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  • 1970
    Born on November 12, 1970.
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