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Tara Lipinski

Jun 21, 2003
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​


Olympic.org profile

Encyclopedia Britannica entry

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/UCWzBP-0gHkinyXDnfQ__bhg

Programs and Videos
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
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
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

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


* 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

1999Touched by an AngelAlex ThorpeSeason 5 Episode 15, "On Edge"
1999Sabrina the Teenage WitchHerselfSeason 4 Episode 3, "Jealousy"
1999The Young and the RestlessMarnie Kowalski11 episodes between episodes number 6561 and 6747
2000Ice AngelTracy HannibalTelevision film
2000Are You Afraid of the Dark?EllenSeason 7 Episode 7, "The Tale of the Lunar Locusts"
2001Vanilla SkyGirl at PartyUncredited
2002Arli$$HerselfSeason 7 Episode 5, "Playing It Safe"
2002At Home with Tara LipinskiHerselfTelevision short
20037th HeavenChristineSeason 7 Episodes 21 & 22, "Life and Death: Part 1 & 2"
2003Generation JetsJessica (voice)
2004The Metro ChaseNatalie JordonTelevision film
2005Still StandingSarahSeason 3 Episode 18, "Still Admiring"
2005What's New, Scooby-Doo?Camp Counselor Grey (voice)Season 3 Episode 9, "What's New, Scooby-Doo?"
2006Malcolm in the MiddleCarrieSeason 7 Episode 20, "Cattle Court"
2016SuperstoreHerselfEpisode "Olympics"
2018Lip Sync BattleHerselfSeason 4, Episode: Johnny Weir vs. Tara Lipinski
2018KiddingHerselfSeason 1, Episode: "The New You"
2018Family GuyHerselfSeason 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. :)

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Record Breaker
Apr 16, 2014
I, umm, love the pastel colour of her shirt! :biggrin:

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. ;)


Match Penalty
Feb 13, 2014
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. :think: What a pity for her to stop career at such young age.
Jun 21, 2003
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. :rock:


On the Ice
Jan 22, 2004
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.


Record Breaker
Apr 16, 2014
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?
Jun 21, 2003
I found these two clips of Tara on the Today Show twice in 2011. (It looks like the same choreography.)



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.



Wicked Yankee Girl
Jul 26, 2003
Did she perform in the show, perhaps in Atlantic City, that included US Olympic medalists back through Tenley Albright?


Jan 17, 2014
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.
Jun 21, 2003
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.


Oct 28, 2013
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!
Jan 24, 2006
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 :)