Former US figure skating champion Tonya Harding is infamous for her sex video with ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. The so-called “Wedding Video” was made sometime in the early 90s and was published by Penthouse in September 1994. See a video and a biography of Tonya Harding here.
Harding has also been involved in a bigger controversy related to the conspiracy to kill one of her competitors Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 US Championships. Her ex-husband and bodyguard hired Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan on her knee to force her out of the competition. Harding had won that event but was later found guilty.
She is in the news as people have started talking about her after she appeared in the latest episode of HBO show Real Sports.
Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding responds to then-candidate Barack Obama saying he wouldn’t “do a Tonya Harding” on opponents. She says it helped her get work — she does paid appearances — “because people forget who Tonya Harding is.
As a biography, Tonya Harding was born on November 12, 1970 in Portland, Oregon so her age is 38. She attended David Douglas High School but stopped before completing her studies. She had a troubled childhood and got married at the age of 19 only. Her marriage ended after 3 years amongst a lot of heat.
Harding started skating at a very early age and won Skate America in 1989. She did consistently well in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships during the late 80s and landed her first triple axel in the 1991 event which won her the title with a perfect score. She also finished second at the World Championships in the same year. Her career began falling apart after two years due to injuries and other issues and later ended after the Kerrigan attack controversy.
Tonya started her professional boxing career after appearing on the Fox TV network Celebrity Boxing show in 2002. It proved to be very short and she stopped boxing in late 2004.
Tonya has been quite popular in the media because of the Kerrigan scandal and was referenced a number of times. The shows include FOX’s In Living Color, The Understudy (A Seinfeld episode) and The Jim Rome Show. She has also been mentioned in various songs by Loudon Wainwright III and Insane Clown Posse.