Tonya Harding joined Margot Robbie, who portrays her in I, Tonya, at the premiere in L.A. on Tuesday, December 5. Robbie essentially had to learn from scratch, so it won't surprise any athlete to learn that even a rigorous five-days-a-week training schedule wasn't enough to turn her into Harding. Nancy Kerrigan recovered from her injury and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. Her first big breakthrough came in 1991, when she won (with her first triple axel) the US Championships and was awarded the event's first 6.0 ever given to a single female skater for technical merit.
Before the real-life soap opera unfolded on wall-to-wall news coverage, Harding was noted for her skating prowess. "I grew up.in Australia!".
While Robbie and Harding looked perfectly cozy, her co-stars didn't know how to approach the polarizing skater. No amount of training could have prepared Robbie to even attempt such a trick on the ice.
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This wasn't the first time Robbie and Harding met. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this unusual and magnificent America hero. Aptly titled "Tonya Harding", Stevens explains in an accompanying essay that the song is a long overdue attempt by him to capture the "complicated subject". I, Tonya is a darkly comedic drama, written by Steven Rogers (Hope Floats, Stepmom), that tells the tale of a talented sport star whose success is destroyed by her troubled childhood, her mother's abuse and her stormy relationships.