|Active Retired 1993|
Predecessor Laura Creavalle
Successor Anja Schreiner
Name Tonya Knight
TV shows American Gladiators
|Born March 24, 1966 (age 55) Peculiar, Missouri, U.S. (1966-03-24) |
Pro-debut IFBB Pro World Championships, 1988
Best win IFBB Ms. International champion, 1991
Similar Kay Baxter, Laura Creavalle, Nikki Fuller
Bodybuilding tonya knight
Tonya Knight (born March 24, 1966) is an American professional female bodybuilder.
- Bodybuilding tonya knight
- 1989 tonya knight michigan champs
- Early life
- Contest history
- Personal life
- Television appearance
1989 tonya knight michigan champs
Tonya Knight was born in 1966 in Peculiar, Missouri.
After IFBB officials presented strong evidence against Tonya that she got someone other than herself to supply test-passing urine, she admitted that she sent a surrogate to take a mandatory drug test administered before the 1988 Ms. Olympia, where she finished fourth. In a ruling handed down in November 1989, she was suspended, stripped of her 1989 Ms. International title (which went to runner-up Jackie Paisley) and asked to return her 1989 Ms. International and 1988 Ms. Olympia prize money, totaling $12,000. After the scandal, she returned to the stage in triumph in 1991, winning the Ms. International title, this time without incident. She went on to compete in only two more pro contests, the last in 1993.
Tonya remains the only Ms. International winner to lose one of her Ms. International titles. She was inducted into the 2011 IFBB Hall of Fame.
Tonya currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas. She was married to a bodybuilder named John Poteat, but they are now divorced. She has 3 brothers named Timothy, Todd and Travis and a few other step and in-law siblings, and a son named Malachi.
Tonya was a regular on American Gladiators, as the character Gold, from 1989 to 1992, until she left due to an injury to her left knee.