When times are tough, Tonya says there's always one place she can go for refuge—a skating rink. "It's my sanctuary. I feel great when I'm out there," she says. "It doesn't matter what I do—I know that I was the best at one point. … It just makes me feel alive."
This self-proclaimed "daddy's girl" says she also skates to honor of her father, Al, who passed away in April 2009. "My dad used to watch me all the time on the ice," she says. "He would be very proud of me."