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    Tonya Harding

    Tonya Maxene Price (née Harding; born November 12, 1970) is an American former figure skater, retired boxer, and reality television personality. She has a son, Gordon. Her wikipedia article reports the details of the Nancy Kerrigan attack and its aftermath. As a skater, Tonya won 1991 U.S. Nationals, and won the silver medal at 1991 Worlds. She finished first at 1994 U.S.Nationals, but USFSA invalidated that win. In skating, she was the first woman to land a triple Axel double toe combination, and the first to land a triple Axel in the short program. She also was the first to land triple flip double loop in competition.

    Tonya has lived a highly publicized life, starting with the documentary "Sharp Edges" made in 1986 (when Tonya was 15, and was competing at her first US Nationals) by filmmaker Sandra Luckow. The film was Luckow's senior-thesis project for her Film studies major at Yale University. Luckow was Harding's childhood friend, and the documentary followed Harding and her coaches to Uniondale, New York, as she competed in the February 1986 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The film features interviews with Harding, her mother and coaches, discussing her career in figure skating. This video is available on Amazon. It had been aired in a partial form on cable TV in 1986/87, where I chanced to see it.

    Most recently, Tonya's life was the subject of the 2017 black comedy, "I, Tonya," which received multiple Oscar nominations. The Golden Skate thread discussing the movie is here:

    Many of the details from "I, Tonya" were clearly taken from "Sharp Edges," including Tonya's mother LaVona appearing in a fur coat with a parrot on her shoulder.

    Some less well known incidents in Tonya's life:

    On October 29, 1996, Harding received media attention after using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to help revive an 81-year-old woman, Alice Olson, who collapsed at a bar in Portland while playing video poker.

    She participated in Dancing With the Stars, finishing third, and won Worst Cooks in America, and donated her prize to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    On August 12, 2009, Harding set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph (156.391 km/h; 43.442 m/s) driving a 1931 Ford Model A, named Lickity-Split, on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Her setting of that land speed record was featured on an episode of "TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest..." that focused on "Record Breakers. Tonya became a commentator on that show in 2008.

    Biographical Information & Social Media

    Tonya's Wikipedia

    Tonya videos from her post-skating life

    Tonya's Facebook

    Tonya's website.



    1985 Olympic Festival.SP

    1986 US Championships documentary, "Sharp Edges" a movie, directed by Sandra Luckow as her senior-thesis project at Yale
    Her figures, SO, and FS are included, but it Is not available on youtube at this time.

    It can be viewed on Amazon Prime.
    Review of Sharp Edges

    1986 Skate America FS
    Arthur Fiedler's "Best Of" Overture
    1986 Skate America
    99 Luftballons by Nena EX

    1987 NHK SP
    1987 NHK FS
    1987 NHK EX When You Wish Upon a Star

    1989 US Nationals SP
    William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini
    1989 US Nationals FS

    1989 Skate America SP
    1989 Skate America FS
    1989 Skate America EX
    "I've Had) The Time of My Life;" performed by Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

    1990 US Nationals SP
    1990 US Nationals FS

    1990 Olympic Festival FS

    1990 NHK SP
    "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    1990 NHK FS
    "Send in the Clowns"

    1991 US Nationals FS

    1991 Worlds SP
    1991 Worlds FS

    1991 Skate America SP
    1991 Skate America FS

    1992 US Nationals SP
    "People Are Stll Having Sex" by Tone Loc
    1992 US Nationals FS
    Robin Hood soundtrack

    1992 Olympics SP
    "People Are Stll Having Sex" by Tone Loc
    1992 Olympics FS
    Robin Hood soundtrack; Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile) by Gato Barbieri
    1992 Olympics EX
    "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's

    1992 Worlds SP
    "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's
    1992 Worlds FS
    Robin Hood soundtrack

    1992 Skate Canada LP
    Robin Hood soundtrack
    1992 Skate Canada EX
    "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

    1992 ProAm Technical Program
    1992 ProAm Artistic Program

    1993 US Nationals SP (no sound)
    1993 US Nationals FS
    Robin Hood soundtrack; Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile) by Gato Barbieri

    1993 Skate America SP
    Much Ado About Nothing soundtrack by David Snell
    1993 Skate America FS

    1994 US Nationals SP
    1994 US Nationals FS

    1994 Olympic SP
    1994 Olympics FS Part One
    1994 Olympics FS


    1999 Pro Skating Championships SP
    1999 Pro Skating Championshs FS

    All Dancing With The Stars performances

    Tonya Harding Tells RuPaul How She Learned to Love Herself

    RuPaul Shares the Photo That Brought Tonya Harding to Tears


    1985–86 CF SP FS Final (TFP)
    1986 U.S. Championships[36][37] 12 5 6 6th
    1985 U.S. Olympic Festival[37] - - - 5th
    1987 U.S. Championships[36][37] - - - 5th
    1986 Skate America - - - 2nd
    1988 U.S. Championships[36][37] 8 9 4 5th
    1987 NHK Trophy - 2 3 3rd (3.8)
    1989 U.S. Championships[36][37] 4 3 3 3rd
    1988 Prize of Moscow News[35] - - - 1st
    1990 U.S. Championships[36][37] 3 2 10 7th
    1989 Skate America - 1 1 1st (1.5)
    1989 Nations Cup - - - 1st
    1991 World Championships - 2 2 2nd (3.0)
    1991 U.S. Championships[36][37] - 2 1 1st
    1990 NHK Trophy - 2 2 2nd (3.0)
    1990 U.S. Olympic Festival[37] - - - 2nd
    1992 World Championships - 4 6 6th (8.0)
    1992 Winter Olympics 3 4 4th (7.0)
    1992 U.S. Championships[36] - - - 3rd
    1991 Skate America - - - 1st
    1993 U.S. Championships[36] - - - 4th
    1992 Skate Canada International - - - 4th
    1994 Winter Olympics - - - 8th (12.0)
    1994 U.S. Championships[36][37] - 1 1 1st
    1993 Skate America 3rd
    1993 NHK Trophy - 7 4 4th (7.5)
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    I enjoyed rewatching Tonya's videos, especially those from the 1980's.

    And I streamed Sharp Edges (the 1986 documentary about Tonya) from Amazon. Those of you who watched I, Tonya might well be interested. I was. Definitely worth the 99 cents I paid to watch it.

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    Whatever you think about Tonya, what a career.

    And what an amazing amount of work

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    .... I thought LaVona with the fur coat and parrot was part of the comedy in I, Tonya, but it was for realz
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    Thanks Doris. I was a fan of so many US skaters back in the day and Tonya was one of many ladies whose skating I enjoyed.

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