Tonya Harding is a former figure skater from America. After her skating career, she became a professional boxer. She has represented the United States in several skating championships and is also a two-time Olympian. She was banned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association in 1994 after the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Harding is the first woman to do two triple axels in the same competition. Keep reading to know more about Tonya Harding’s net worth in 2018.
Tonya Harding Early Life
Tonya Maxene Harding was born on November 12, 1970, in Portland, Oregon to her parents Alan Harding and LaVona Golden. She started skating at the age of 3.
She has earned her GED from David Douglas High School. She had a troubled childhood and was physically and mentally abused by her own mother.
In 1990, Tonya Harding got married to Jeff Gillooly. They divorced in 1993. From 1995 to 1996, she was married to Michael Smith. In 2010, she got married to Joseph Jens Price. The couple has a son named Gordon born in 2011.
In January 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Shane Stant during the practice session of 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Stant was hired by Harding’s former husband Gillooly and her bodyguard named Shawn Eckhardt. Eckhardt received 18 months of imprisonment. Following the incident, she was banned for life by the USFSA.
Tonya Harding Career
Tonya Harding started her career as a professional skater in the 1980s. At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1986, she finished at sixth. In 1987 and 1988, she placed in fifth, and in 1989, was third. In 1989, she won the Skate America and became a strong contender for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1990.
In 1991, she delivered her 1st triple axel in the United States Championship, and also went on to win the title. She again delivered the triple axel in the 1991 World Championships and became the first American to do it. Later, she won the event.
In 1992, Harding represented the United States in the Winter Olympic Games and also in the World Championships. She did not qualify for the World Championship team for the United States in 1993. She finished eight at the 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer, Norway.
After leaving figure skating, she became the manager of Los Gringos Locos of AAA Wrestling. She was also a member of the band called ‘Golden Blades’. In 2002, she turned into a professional boxer. In her boxing career, she has a win/loss record of 3-3. Tonya Harding left boxing as she had asthma and was active until June 2004.
Awards & Achievements
Tonya Harding has made three first ever records in figure skating. She is the first woman to do a triple axel, execute two triple axels, and complete a triple axel with double toe loop. She has won the Skate America Championships twice in her career. She is also the winner of the 1989 Nations Cup. In 1988-89, she won the Prize of Moscow News. She has also won the U.S. Championships.
Net Worth of Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding has an estimated net worth of more than $60 thousand. Although she had an amazing career in figure skating, her career was shortened following the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. She has also boxed and has appeared in the 1996 film called ‘Breakaway’. In 2008, Tonya Harding became the commentator of ‘The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest…’ on TruTV. In 2010, she set the automobile land speed record on Bonneville Salt Flats.
Tonya Harding is considered one of the most popular figure skaters in the world. She has made many records during her career and also had a successful boxing career. After the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, she has been the subject of many films, television shows, music, opera, and documentaries. In 2008, she released her autobiography entitled ‘The Tonya Tapes.’