"We have about six or seven girls really all in the running," Wagner said. "It's going to be a great nationals for spectators, but as far as the girls competing, it's obviously stressful. We all know what's at stake. If I think about what could possibly come for me to be top two at nationals, there is no way I could possibly skate."Aware of Wagner's personal unrest, and knowing the importance of the year ahead, Hill approached Lipinski, who had trained in Delaware as a youth, and asked if she would act as a mentor.
Lipinski, whose electric, virtually perfect free skate secured what was considered an upset gold medal over Michelle Kwan at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, not only agreed, she did so with enthusiasm.