Two skating luminaries personally connected to the tragedy and featured prominently in the film — Peggy Fleming, the 1968 Olympic women's gold medalist, and Frank Carroll, a renowned coach and Palm Springs resident — attended the premiere.
Nearly 50 years later, Carroll still has trouble talking about the friends he lost.
“When you start talking about this,” he said, “and you remember the things you did together, and the things you shared together, and the wonderful parts of their personalities and know that they were just sniffed away so quick, it's very emotional. I don't talk about this very often.”
Carroll hopes the documentary will shine light on a past many have forgotten.
“Most of the young kids, you ask them questions about the history of skating, and they don't know anything,” he said. “So I hope this rekindles their interest and people's interest about what happened then and how skating's developed over the years.”