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Tonya Harding says she lost a lot of weight after her stint on Dancing With The Stars

While the show Dancing with the Stars is all about competition, Tonya says that the biggest competition for her is herself
UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
Tonya Harding (Getty Images)
Tonya Harding (Getty Images)

Tonya Harding won our hearts once again as she showed off her dancing skills while appearing on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). However, there was another thing that people could not help noticing and it was the American figure skater's weight loss. 

“I have lost a lot of weight. I have seen many changes [with my body]… A lot…,” she said in an interview with Hollywood Life.

Tonya owed it all to her routine and dance moves. In fact, she plans on continuing her classes even after the show has ended. “I already told Jenna as soon as my schedule calms down a bit I’m gonna go and take classes for fun because its such a great mental exercise to remember all the choreography and its fun, it’s such a great way to work out and stay in shape," she said. 

This comes after she and her dance partner Sasha Farber were runner-ups on the show and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson took away the prize. Despite this, Tonya was happy about the experience she got. "We absolutely feel like winners and we got ten’s. You can’t get better than that! Perfect program and perfect partner!" she said. 

"It felt like doing the triple axel all over again. I found myself knowing I can achieve such greatness doing something I love to do. Never give up on yourself, always keep going no matter what it is…” she said. Prior to this, in an interview with InTouch Weekly, Tonya confessed she always wanted to be on the show. 

"I've always wanted to be on the show, but I knew it would probably not be possible because you have to be nominated," she said. "But now, to be asked to be on the show, it's such an honor."

During the interview, she confessed she did not see herself as a dancer but was willing to learn from the best. "I know some basics, but not really [anything]! Sasha gets to teach me everything. Skating didn't help me in any way," she said. 

While the show is all about competition, Tonya feels that the biggest competition for her is herself. "[I'm] just going up against myself and wanting to be the best that I can be, seeing how far I can push it," she said.

There is no doubt that Tonya won the competition she had with herself and, while at it, won the hearts and respect of people.