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    Tara Lipinski

    Tara Kristen Lipinski is an American former Ladies figure skater who upon retirement developed her career as an actress and sports commentator. She was born on 10 June 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    She is the 1998 Olympic champion, the 1997 World champion, a two-time Champions Series Final (currently GPF) champion (1997 and 1998), and the 1997 U.S. national champion. She is the youngest ever to win a World Figure Skating title, having done so at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 10 days. Until Sochi 2014 she was also the youngest Olympic champion (Yulia Lipnitskaya, who is 6 days younger than Tara won a gold medal in the team event). She is still, however, the youngest individual Olympic gold medalist.

    She was particularly famous for her historic triple loop/triple loop combination, which she successfully executed in the LP/FS at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games.

    She retired from competitive skating in April 1998, she turned professional and started touring first with the Champions on Ice and then with the Stars on Ice. Among her successes as a professional skater the most notables are the victory at the 1999 World Professional Championships (with 17 years of age she was the youngest skater to achieve so) and three gold medals with the USA team at the Ice Wars events.

    Tara also participated in multiple TV films, series and other programs and since 1993, together with Johnny Weir, former US Men figure skater, she's been working as an NBC sports commentator.

    During her competitive career, she was coached by Richard Callaghan.

    On 24 June 2017 Tara married Todd Kapostasy, a television producer. Lipinski's broadcast partner Johnny Weir was a bridesman at her wedding.

    Last updated on 28 April 2019 by Mohacz



    Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tara_Lipinski

    Olympic.org profile
    https://www.olympic.org/tara-lipinski

    Encyclopedia Britannica entry
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Tara-Lipinski

    Socia Media
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/taralipinski/?hl=pl
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/taralipinski
    Web page - https://taralipinski.com/
    YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWz...kinyXDnfQ__bhg

    Programs and Videos
    1997/1998
    SP: "Once Upon a December" / "Journey to the Past" from "Anastasia" by David Newman; choreo. by Sandra Bezic
    FS: "Prelude and Opening" (from "The Rainbow") by Carl Davis / "Scenes of Summer-Festival" by Lee Holdridge, London Symphony Orchestra; choreo. by Sandra Bezic
    Ex: "Journey to the Past" from "Anastasia" performed by Liz Callaway
    XVIII Winter Olympic Games Nagano 19981998 U.S. National Championships1997/98 Champions Series (current GP) Final1997 GP Trophee Lalique1997 GP Skate America
    1996/1997
    SP: "Little Women" by Thomas Newman; choreo. by Sandra Bezic
    FS: "Much Ado About Nothing" by Patrick Doyle / "Sense and Sensibility" by Patrick Doyle; choreo. by Sandra Bezic
    Ex: "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

    1997 World Championships1997 U.S. National Championships1996/97 Champions Series (now GP) Final1996 GP Trophee Lalique1996 GP Nations Cup
    1995/1996
    SP: "On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein
    FS: "Speed" by Mark Mancina / "The Prince of Tides" by James Newton Howard
    Ex1: "On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein
    Ex2: "Speed" by Mark Mancina / "The Prince of Tides" by James Newton Howard

    1996 World Championships1996 Junior World Championships1996 U.S. National Championships1995 Nebelhorn Trophy
    SP: no video found
    FS: no video found
    Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4TwUOoow6E

    1994/1995
    SP: Cirque du Soleil
    FS: "Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saens

    1995 World Junior Championships1995 U.S. Junior National Championships
    1990 South Atlantic Regionals (Preliminary Girls): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6hDRkistvI

    Results


    * Until the 2002/2003 season at the ISU Championships (especially the Worlds), the singles event was composed of the QR (qualifying round A and B), SP and LP/FS. The factorized score of the QR was added to the results obtained in the subsequent segments to give the TS (total score). Since the above table does not contain the QR results, below please find a brief summary of Tara's placings:
    - At the 1997 World Championships Tara was 1st in her QB group.
    - At the 1996 World Championships Tara was 2nd in her QA group.
    - At the 1995 World Junior Championships Tara was 1st in her QB group.


    Professional competitions
    TP = technical program
    AP = artistic program

    1997 Pro-Am Nice and Easy
    1. "Once Upon a December" / "Journey to the Past"
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7SlRR9P7l0 - "Reach" by Gloria Estefan
    1998 Hershey's Kisses Challenge
    1: no video found
    2: "Gliding"
    3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eU-cRfwRpQ - "If You Believe" from the Musical The Wiz
    1998 Skate TV Championships: 1st
    1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnt24zDBZhM - "The World Is New" by Save Farris
    2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxg4FgJuIlw - "Oh Tara" by The Knack
    1998 Ice Wars: 1st (Team USA)
    TP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_RStNIb6rQ - "Head Over Heels" by The Go-Go's
    AP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aXlHbv-QZ0 - "The Second Element" by Sarah Brightman (the whole event, starts at 1:23:43)
    1998 Jefferson Pilot Financial Championships: 1st
    AP1: "Gliding" / "If You Believe"
    AP2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1xbx-Pxvzc - "Second Element II" by Sarah Brightman
    AP3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNjB_k92fns - "The World is New" by Save Farris
    1999 Team Ice Wars: 2nd (Team USA)
    1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQwUr_V914 - "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady"
    2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRrJ1Adf0pU - "Dreamcatcher" by Secret Garden
    1999 Ice Wars: 1st (Team USA)
    TP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEKDHCu5iYM - "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
    AP: "Dreamcatcher"
    1999 Grand Slam Super Teams of Skating: 1st1999 World Professional Championship: 1st
    TP: "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
    AP: "Dreamcatcher" by Secret Garden
    2001 World Ice Challenge: 1st (Team USA)
    2002 Ice Wars: 1st (Team USA)
    TP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdrUeBVyOwM - "Paint it Black" medley performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta / Vanessa Carlton
    AP: "To Where You Are"

    Selected Filmography

    Year Title Role Remarks
    1999 Touched by an Angel Alex Thorpe Season 5 Episode 15, "On Edge"
    1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Herself Season 4 Episode 3, "Jealousy"
    1999 The Young and the Restless Marnie Kowalski 11 episodes between episodes number 6561 and 6747
    2000 Ice Angel Tracy Hannibal Television film
    2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ellen Season 7 Episode 7, "The Tale of the Lunar Locusts"
    2001 Vanilla Sky Girl at Party Uncredited
    2002 Arli$$ Herself Season 7 Episode 5, "Playing It Safe"
    2002 At Home with Tara Lipinski Herself Television short
    2003 7th Heaven Christine Season 7 Episodes 21 & 22, "Life and Death: Part 1 & 2"
    2003 Generation Jets Jessica (voice)
    2004 The Metro Chase Natalie Jordon Television film
    2005 Still Standing Sarah Season 3 Episode 18, "Still Admiring"
    2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Camp Counselor Grey (voice) Season 3 Episode 9, "What's New, Scooby-Doo?"
    2006 Malcolm in the Middle Carrie Season 7 Episode 20, "Cattle Court"
    2016 Superstore Herself Episode "Olympics"
    2018 Lip Sync Battle Herself Season 4, Episode: Johnny Weir vs. Tara Lipinski
    2018 Kidding Herself Season 1, Episode: "The New You"
    2018 Family Guy Herself Season 17, Episode 7, "The Griffin Winter Games"

    Galas and Exhibitions
    2001/02 Stars on Ice - "American Tribute" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQkswRLIKeM
    2000/01 Stars on Ice - "Dance With Me" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSjy922cT7w
    2000/01 Stars on Ice - "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCTX7075e0s
    2000/01 Stars on Oce - Tara Lipinski & Ilia Kulik "Moanin" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIyGhW36ELw
    2000/01 Stars on Ice - Cast performance "Tunnel Vision" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlREOQATMVI
    2000 Stars on Ice - Tara Lipinski and Kurt Browning "La Valtz" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_NoBVbixLY
    2000 Christmas in Rockefeller Center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6y9ZPhra-U
    2000 Canadian Stars On Ice - "Genie in a Bottle" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ3m7tk1ySM
    1999 Divas On Ice - "Angel of Mine" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxIRzlQV6no
    1999 Divas On Ice - "Genie In A Bottle" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sDQN5-Em8I
    1999 Stars On Ice - "Rock This Town" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF3Y-5_glpk
    1999 Canadian Stars on Ice - Tara Lipinski and Kurt Browning "Malagueña - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrEn7wWDiYc
    1998 Champions On Ice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKXwrugvtco
    1998/99 Stars on Ice - "Second Element" by Sarah Brightman -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4MpdhjdFKk
    1998/99 Stars on Ice - "I Could Have Danced All Night" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlD4xDIaFgI
    1998 Ice Girls - "The World Is New" by Save Farris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZTnZpmwGkk
    1998 Ice Girls - "Second Element II" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxCWn1xQm10
    1997 (?) - "Walking On Sunshine" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_7BwRX_n8
    1997 (?) Too Hot to Skate - Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RawkyIHURmA
    1997 Tour of Champions - "Reach" by Gloria Estefan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ukJJ361CFI
    1996 Champions On Ice - "Pocahontas" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVllvBuxE0g
    1996 Cook's Champagne On Ice - "The Bells of Christmas" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOTBMD7gB9E
    1996 (?) Too Hot to Skate - "Surfer Girl" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ljwUs6XL3s
    1996 Too Hot to Skate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-NuvrZ0z94
    1994 An Evening with Champions - "Cirque du Soleil" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydt6Q1NxerY
    (?) Stars On Ice - "The Color of Roses" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evc0jdISJJE

    Articles and Interviews
    7 November 2018 - How Ice Skating Bonded Tara Lipinski & Jim Carrey on the Set of 'Kidding' | In Studio with THR - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAvpZbyCfFk
    31 October 2018 - "Tara Lipinski: I Love LeBron James" l Fair Game - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RxK3HrIunM
    30 October 2018 - Tara Lipinski Spotlight - Last Call with Carson Daly (Interview) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnRMzq0nLe4
    24 October 2018 - "Life After the Winter Olympics & Successes: Tara Lipinski Answers Your Questions" by Larry King - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKXkE-MQJk0
    7 October 2018 - "Tara taught me to ice skate" ep. 6 official clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea_mWC3nJxw
    12 July 2018 - #Daily Denny Live with Tara Lipinski by Entertainment Tonight - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFIhGAWe1NY
    16 May 2018 - Lip Sync Battle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3lMAfhzQYM
    16 February 2018 - "In the Chair with Tara Lipinski" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt5TImg7JZI
    29 January 2018 - Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Take Korea PREVIEW - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwukYAR5nTc
    11 January 2018 - Tara Lipinski on the 20th anniversary of her 1998 Olympic gold medal win - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oVb7F5nfoI
    9 November 2016 - "I Always Doubted Myself" - Tara Lipinski l The Inside Track by The Olympic Channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNdqNtcSles
    14 August 2016 - Superstore Season 2 "McKayla Maroney and Tara Lipinski" Olympic Episode Promo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oR8GWFHuRU
    25 May 2016 - "Exclusive: Inside Tara Lipinski's Engagement Party! l Access Hollywood" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGVMQ1lXnzU
    15 August 2014 - Tara Lipinski ASL Ice Bucket Challenge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJmZvyX8bU
    March 2014 - Tara Lipinski visits St. Judes and skates as the soldier who forgets his pants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEFYrwnlKfQ
    7 March 2014 - Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski: 30 Rock Skating Commentary - Late Night with Seth Meyer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtPnvRJ6YKY
    29 December 2013 - "15 Year Old Tara Lipinski Wins Figure Skating Gold l Olympic Rewind" by the Olympic Channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvoKOdioU1o
    1999 - "From This Moment 8" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9yRUIwqC5k
    1999 - "From This Moment 7" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kze76uEBqv0
    1999 - "From This Moment 5" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiofHuoSIqw
    1999 - "From This Moment 4" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6btmh3W5zw
    1999 - "From This Moment 3" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94zmHksmKgM
    1999 - "From This Moment 2" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4icpToJRkM
    1998 - Tara Lipinski on Oprah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riDGY4u_Wo8

    Original Post by Mathman
    U.S. figure skater Tara Lipinski was born on June 10, 1982, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the 1998 Olympic gold medalist, 1997 World Champion, and 1997 U.S. Champion.

    Tara's career has gotten new life with her commentating gigs with Johnny Weir. Here she is looking pretty.

    https://twitter.com/GDLA/status/4818...064514/photo/1
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 04-29-2019 at 06:43 AM. Reason: Post-retirement career update

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    I, umm, love the pastel colour of her shirt!

    No, seriously though, I think we don't appreciate retired skaters enough. Diehard Michelle fan here, but Tara was incredible in Nagano. I hope we'll be able to discuss old programs in the Fan Fests section in the future.

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    Is Tara still skating in ice shows at the moment, or she has stopped already? I am still seeing her update on Instagram, but not so much following her activities. What a pity for her to stop career at such young age.

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    Tara was forced to stop doing the Stars of Ice tour by a recurring hip injury around 2002 and I don't think she has skated at all since then.

    Hey, I just now saw her on Dancing with the Stars as a judge. She must have a good agent these days.

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    Mathman - Though she hasn't done shows since 2002, I believe she has skated since then. I seem to remember her being on The Today Show in 2011(?), 2012 (?), where she skated a brief but impressionable routine.

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    Ouch, Tara retired from shows that early? I seem to remember a clip from Sochi where she and Johnny exchanged clothes with these two ladies (TV hosts?) and Tara said her outfit from a skating costume from several years ago. Did several years = 12 years ago?

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    I found these two clips of Tara on the Today Show twice in 2011. (It looks like the same choreography.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9GJTdyhakk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPR0hh8gRbA

    Also, here is one from 2011 titled “Tara practicing.” It doesn’t say what she is practicing for, but from the sheets of cloth hanging from the rafters I wonder if she was in one of those shows organized by Oxana Baiul’s agency that featured circus acts along with skating. Ben Agosto and Tanith Belbin put on a show like that in 2011 to raise money for victims of the tsunami and earthquake that forced a relocation of Worlds that year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LouU9OyBdo

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    Did she perform in the show, perhaps in Atlantic City, that included US Olympic medalists back through Tenley Albright?

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    Tara just appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. My favorite show of all!
    She didn't seem to contribute much to the judges decisions, the main focus was on dancers, but it might be a good indication of Tara being invited as a host judge later in the season.

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    Here is the photo of her in the judging panel:
    https://www.facebook.com/SoYouThinkY...type=1&theater

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    Did you all notice that Tara was a judge at the Miss America contest? "rock:

    In the "controversial questions" session she asked Miss New Jersey what she thought about Confederate monuments.

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    Tara and Johnny now have a You Tube channel for all their Olympic reporting and shenanigans.

    I can't handle too much of them but it should be interesting none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwanIsALegend View Post
    Tara and Johnny now have a You Tube channel for all their Olympic reporting and shenanigans.

    I can't handle too much of them but it should be interesting none the less.
    The channel looks so fun.

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    I was hoping someone could find me locate some old SOI pictures of Tara from 2002. They we're hq/uhq shots from "Lady Marmalade". In particular there was one of Tara and Jenni Meno next to one another that was quite sexy. If anyone has some of these please let me know... Would be much appreciated!

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    Since I think that each and every Olympic/World/European or Four Continents Champion with a fan fest on the GS forum deserves a comprehensive summary of his/her carrer as a sort of our tribute to his/her achievements, I've just updated Tara's OP. I've added the results table, programs (both competitive and professional), links to her social media, galas videos and a handful of links to the interviews. Since Tara is very active in the US media and there are plenty of video interviews with her, I find it impossible to include all of the in the OP. So this section only includes some of them. The rest may be found on YouTube or Tara's YouTube channel.

    Enjoy

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