Former figure skater Tonya Harding arrives for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonight, Tonya Harding will be strutting her stuff our TV screens for an all-new season of Dancing With the Stars. Harding rose to fame last year with the biopic film I, Tonya, in which she was portrayed by Margot Robbie.
Now, she’s ready to show that she’s still got those athletic chops that made her an Olympic athlete.
But what about Harding’s net worth? Did she make any money off the film? Was she compensated at all for her medals?
Read on to find out.
1. She Has an Estimated Net Worth of $30,000
GettyTonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of “I, Tonya” Supported By Svedka on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Tonya Harding was born in Portland, Oregon, on November 12, 1970.
She began skating at the ripe age 3. As a teenager, Harding dropped out of high school to focus on skating, which she had continued to practice.
She began skating competitively in the 1980s and in 1986, she placed sixth at the US Figure Skating Championships. Harding placed fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics. One year later, she was unable to qualify for the World Championship team.
In 1994, Harding was part of the Olympic team in Lillehammer, Norway. One of her fellow competitors, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked on January 6, 1994 after practicing in Detroit, Michigan. A man named Shane Stant was responsible for the attack. It was later revealed that Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, hired him to hurt Kerrigan so she would not be able to compete in the Olympic Games.
At the Olympics, which both Kerrigan and Harding attended, Kerrigan finished second behind Oksana Baiul. Harding finished eighth. Kerrigan was just 24 at the time.
2. She Was Fined Was $160,000 from the Kerrigan Incident
Tonya Harding falls to the floor during her fight with Samantha Browning in a second round during their women’s bantamweight bout at The Pyramid on February 22, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. Browning won the fight by way of decision after 4 rounds. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
According to an updated New York Times article, Harding pleaded guilty to “conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.” She was placed on three years probation and paid a fine of $160,000. As depicted in the film, I, Tonya, she was also barred from all amateur skating competitions.
3. She Appeared on Fox’s Celebrity Boxing in 2002
In 2002, Harding appeared on Fox’s Celebrity Boxing. She subsequently led a brief career as a professional boxer under the name “America’s Bad Girl.”
In 2004, Harding lost a match on a pay-per-view special and retired.
4. She Lives in Rural Washington with Her Husband
FEB 1994: TONYA HARDING OF THE UNITED STATES DURING HER FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS.
5. She Received $1,500 for Handing Away Rights to Her Story
Tonya Harding of the United States during the Women’s Singles Figure Skating on 25 February 1994 during the XVII Olympic Winter Games at the Olympic Amphitheatre, Hamar, Lillehammer, Norway.