Lipinski usually got off to a slow start in each of the seasons she competed in - using the early grand prix events to refine her programs and experiment). Hence, her performances in grand prix events such as skate canada, skate America, etc were not that great. Yet in the 96/97 and 97/98 season, in the 5 grand prix events she competed in, she came 2nd 4 times and 3rd once. Thats pretty respectable. Yet, when it really counted in the grand prix final (and this is where temperament comes in), she was able to raise her game and win on both occasions. All in all, therefore, a fantastic record.