Tonya Harding, Portland Famous For: Tonya Harding was a skating champion. She is best-known for the scandal involving clubbing fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan around the 1994 Olympics. Portland Connection: Tonya was born and raised in Portland. She used to practice skating at the Lloyd Center Ice Arena.
01/06/94 - Tonya Harding hired someone to attack Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Championships. The man hit Kerrigan's thigh with a police baton and she had to withdraw from the competition. Harding won that event. They were both selected for the 1994 Olympics. Harding finished 8th while Kerrigan won the Silver medal. Harding is the only person ever to be banned for life from figure skating.