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|— Bodybuilder —|
March 24, 1966 |
Peculiar, Missouri, U.S.
|Pro-debut||IFBB Pro World Championships, 1988|
|Best win||IFBB Ms. International champion, 1991|
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.
- 1984 NPC USA Championship - 11th (LHW)
- 1985 NPC USA Championship - 6th (HW)
- 1986 NPC USA Championship - 4th (HW)
- 1988 Pro World Championship - 5th
- 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th (later disqualified)
- 1989 Ms. International - 1st (later disqualified)
- 1991 IFBB Grand Prix Italy - 1st
- 1991 Ms. International - 1st
- 1992 Ms. International - 6th
- 1993 Jan Tana Classic - 3rd
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.
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