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Tonya Cooley
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Challenger Profile
Original Series RW: Chicago
Born January 7, 1980 (1980-01-07) (age 38)
Hometown Walla Walla, Washington
Challenge Career
Seasons Battle of the Sexes
The Gauntlet
Battle of the Sexes 2
The Inferno II (final)
Fresh Meat
The Inferno 3 (won)
The Island
The Ruins
Eliminations 5 (3 wins, 2 losses)
Money Won $50,000
Social Media

Gameplay

Battle of the Sexes

Episode Challenge Team Result
1/2 Sergeant Says Women SAFE
3 Dead Man's Drop SAFE
4 Tree House SAFE
5 Breath-Hold Bungee SAFE
7 Seven Rings of Saturn SAFE
8 Freeze Your Butt Off SAFE
9 People Mover SAFE
10 Battle of the Opposite Sexes OUT

The Gauntlet

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Snake Soup Real World SAFE
2 Masquerade SAFE
3 Mud Bath OUT

Battle of the Sexes 2

Episode Challenge Team Result
1/2 Dangle Drop Women SAFE
3 Snake Pit Poker SAFE
4 Melt With You SAFE
5 Bombs Away SAFE
6 Junk Boat SAFE
7 High Noon SAFE
8 Fill 'Er Up SAFE
9 Sa Wing SAFE
10 Electro Shock SAFE
11 Pop Culture Bike Jump SAFE
12 The Shredder SAFE
13 Cast a Spell OUT

The Inferno II

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Surf Torture Bad Asses SAFE
2 Juice It Up SAFE
3 X Marks the Spot SAFE
4 Run For Your Money SAFE
5 Shirt Off My Back SAFE
6 Dodge Yer Balls SAFE
7 Fill in the Gaps SAFE
8 Zip Up SAFE
9 Never Ending Climb SAFE
10 What a Drag SAFE
11 Riddle Me This INFERNO
12 Time to Ride INFERNO
13 If Memory Serves SAFE
14 Crab Grab SAFE
15 Heart Rate Bungee INFERNO
16 Montezuma's Revenge LOSER

Money Won: $10,000

Fresh Meat

Bio: Tonya has proven she will do anything to win. Putting rocks in her mouth? Yup. Fraternizing with the enemy? Check. Eating wasabi like it's chocolate? Yes, sir. Her crazy behavior and partying gets on everyone's nerves. On The Inferno II, Tonya had some nasty spats with Tina and the "mean girls" and ultimately felt as though she was a big reason they lost the mission. Can they get along for the sake of the team? Tonya is quite the sex kitten . She hooked up with Theo on the Battle of the Sexes 2 (and we hear he's not the only one.) Will her recent engagement put a stop to her flirtations?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Stuck On Me Johnnie SAFE
2 Bush Whacked SAFE
3 Hang On SAFE
4 Jail Break SAFE
5 Climber's Paradise SAFE
6 Rollin' in Oats SAFE
7 Crossed Paths EXILE
8 Incredible Deflating Kayak OUT

The Inferno 3

Bio: Tonya has proven she will do anything to win. Putting rocks in her mouth? Yup. Fraternizing with the enemy? Check. Eating wasabi like it's chocolate? Yes, sir. Her crazy behavior and partying gets on everyone's nerves. On The Inferno II, Tonya had some nasty spats with Tina and the "mean girls" and ultimately felt as though she was a big reason they lost the mission. Can they get along for the sake of the team? Tonya is quite the sex kitten. She hooked up with Theo on the Battle of the Sexes 2 (and we hear he's wasn't the only one). Will her recent marriage put a stop to her flirtations?

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Unbraided Bad Asses SAFE
2/3 Ladder Race SAFE
3 Battering Ram SAFE
4 Wrap and Roll SAFE
5 Rope Burn SAFE
6 Reversible Climbing Wall SAFE
7 Grape Smash SAFE
8 Steady As You Go WIN
9 Leaps and Bounds SAFE
10 Dog Day Afternoon SAFE
11 Hand Car SAFE
12 Giraffic Park SAFE
13 Captain's Chair SAFE
14 Hook Me SAFE
15 Nothin' But Net SAFE
16 The Big Five WINNER

Money Won: $40,000

The Island

Bio: Since winning her first challenge on The Inferno 3, Tonya has moved with her husband to a small town in Nebraska, where she works at a local grocery store. Finding herself in a simpler and happier place, Tonya comes to The Island with a newfound sense of security that she hopes will take her far. However, without the support of her friends and family, Tonya struggles to stay strong and not fall victim to the abrasive and conniving personalities that have tormented her in the past.

Episode Face-Off Vote Result
1 Leaning Tower N/A OUT

The Ruins

Bio: We first met Tonya during The Real World: Chicago, where she captivated us with her unpredictable personality and troubled past. Always provocative, Tonya has had many memorable moments on her eight Challenge seasons, from throwing Beth's clothing into a pool to tussling with mean girls Veronica and Rachel. Despite the drama, Tonya has proven herself a fierce athlete, taking home the grand prize on The Inferno 3. Tonya arrives in Thailand newly single, after separating from her husband. She is also working to get recertified for her nursing degree. As Tonya explains, "I'm just trying to get my life together." We'll see, Tonya. We'll see...

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Chain Gang Champions RUINS
2 Swing On By SAFE
3 Repo Race SAFE
4 Burning Bridge DQ

Note: Tonya was disqualified from the competition after she slapped Veronica multiple times during a heated argument.

Eliminations

The Gauntlet

Episode Gauntlet Opponent Result
3 Perfect Fit Steve OUT

The Inferno II

Episode Inferno Opponent Result
12 Patchwork Julie WIN
15 Spinner Shavonda WIN

Fresh Meat

Episode Exile Partner Opponents Result
8 Forest Course JohnnieFMIcon
Johnnie
WesFMIcon CaseyFMIcon
Wes & Casey
OUT

The Ruins

Episode Ruins Opponent Result
1 Shoots and Ladders WIN

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Trivia

  • In October 2011, Tonya filed charges that she was raped with a toothbrush while passed out by Evan and Kenny during filming of The Ruins. The case was settled in an out of court settlement on October 24, 2012. The details of the settlement have not been made public.
Fresh Meat Cast Members
DarrellFMIcon AvivFMIcon
TinaFMIcon KennyFMIcon
WesFMIcon CaseyFMIcon
DerrickFMIcon DiemFMIcon
TheoFMIcon ChandaFMIcon
ShaneFMIcon LinetteFMIcon
CoralFMIcon EvanFMIcon
KatieFMIcon EricFMIcon
TonyaFMIcon JohnnieFMIcon
Tonya & Johnnie
JohannaFMIcon JesseFMIcon
MelindaFMIcon RyanFMIcon
DannyFMIcon EvelynFMIcon
Winner
Finalist
Eliminated
Medically Removed
The Inferno 3 Cast Members
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DerrickDuelIcon
EvelynInferno3Icon
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Tonya
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AltonInferno3Icon
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JohnnyInferno3Icon
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Winner
Runner-Up
Eliminated
Disqualified
The Island Cast Members
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Tonya
Winner
Runner-Up
Voted Off
Eliminated via face-off
Eliminated via stolen key
Quit
The Ruins Cast Members
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JohnnyRuinsIcon
KennyRuinsIcon
SusieRuinsIcon
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CaseyRuinsIcon
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KatieRuinsIcon
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Tonya
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EvelynRuinsIcon
NickRuinsIcon
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DiemRuinsIcon
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Winner
Runner-Up
Eliminated
Disqualified
Medically Removed