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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Tonya Harding 'was involved to her neck right from day one' in grisly Nancy Kerrigan attack, ex-Oregon DA says
Fox News - 18 days
Norman Frink, a former district attorney in Oregon, said Tonya Harding “was involved up to her neck right from day one” in the grisly attack on ice skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
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Tonya Harding Perspective | White Nationalism On Campus | Jeopardy Winner
NPR - 19 days
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Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan's 1994 saga gets its own museum - about 1 month
A Brooklyn museum showcases the controversial 1994 story of U.S. Olympic ice skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Tonya Harding's mother says her daughter is a liar, disputes movie portrayal
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Tonya Harding’s mother, LaVona “Sandy” Golden, told ABC her daughter was a liar and said the portrayal of her in the movie “I, Tonya” was wrong.
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Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now
NYTimes - about 1 month
In the movie, “I, Tonya,” the disgraced figure skater looks back on the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story.
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7-Eleven, California, Tonya Harding: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
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Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Tonya Harding Almost Ends Interview After Piers Morgan Says She's Not A Victim
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Things got heated quickly.
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Tonya Harding says she 'knew something was up' before infamous 1994 baton attack
ABC News - about 2 months
Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding says she “knew something was up” before the infamous 1994 baton attack was carried out on her longtime rival, Nancy Kerrigan.
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WATCH: Tonya Harding speaks out 23 years after Nancy Kerrigan attack
ABC News - about 2 months
The former Olympic figure skater told ABC News' Amy Robach she knows people still think she's "the bad person" years after the now-famous 1994 baton attack on Kerrigan.
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Tonya Harding admits she still cares what people think about her
ABC News - 2 months
"I'm always the bad person,” Tonya Harding said.
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How ‘I, Tonya’ Twists Fact And Fiction To Depict Tonya Harding’s Downfall
Huffington Post - 2 months
By playing fast and loose with the perceptions of truth, screenwriter Steven Rogers offers up a different kind of biopic.
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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.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    In 2014, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen created the The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum in their Brooklyn, NY apartment.
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  • 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.
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    On February 11, 2011, it was announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, she boxed on the Fox TV network Celebrity Boxing event against Paula Jones, winning the fight.
  • 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.
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    She had a part in a 1996 crime-film titled Breakaway, playing the girlfriend of a criminal.
  • 1995
    Age 24
    She divorced her second husband, Michael Smith, in 1995 and married 42-year-old Joseph Jens Price on June 23, 2010.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
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    As part of the plea bargain, she was also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and resign from the USFSA.
    On February 1, 1994, Gillooly accepted a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Harding.
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    Harding won that event, and she and Kerrigan were both selected for the 1994 Olympic team.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    In the 1993 season, she skated poorly in the U.S. Championships and failed to qualify for the World Championship team.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    She finished fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics, and in the 1992 World Championships, she placed sixth in a weak field.
    In 1992, she placed third in the U.S. Championships after twisting her ankle in practice.
  • 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.
    At the Fall 1991 Skate America, Harding recorded three more firsts:
    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.
    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.
    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.
    In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
  • 1970
    Born on November 12, 1970.
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