Ex-olympic ice skater Tonya Harding, was warmly welcomed at Tuesday’s premiere of the dark comedy about her life on and off the rink, I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie as Harding.
Robbie, 27, who posed and laughed in pictures with Harding, 47, at the Los Angeles movie premiere, described meeting the former ice skater as “amazing” to People magazine.
The once disgraced olympian also met and posed with the rest of the cast, including Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney, who portrays LaVona Fay Golden, Harding’s mother.
“Wow, this is incredible,” Janney told People.
The film tells the story of Harding’s rough life growing up with her overbearing mother in Oregon, then delves into the scandal that made her a notorious in the sports world: a plot led by her ex Gillooly to injure rival skater Nancy Kerrigan so that she would not be able to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Gillooly, Harding’s body-guard, and the hired hitman all served prison time for their involvement with the scheme. Harding denied being a part of the attack but was sentenced a $100,000 fine and served three years of probation. She was also banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.
After the screening of the film at the Egyptian Theatre, Harding took to the stage and received a standing ovation from the audience.
I, Tonya premieres in select movie theaters Dec. 8.