Tara Lipinski is a retired figure skater.
Lipinski began roller skating at age three and later won a number of competitions. She began figure skating at age six. Tara’s first competition was the 1990 regional championship, where she finished second. At the 1991 United States Roller Skating Championships, Tara won the primary girls freestyle as a nine-year-old. Within that same year, her father’s job required the family to move to Sugar Land, Texas. However, training facilities were not available there. Two years later, Lipinski and her mother moved back to Delaware where she had trained previously. Tara later moved to Detroit, Michigan to train with Richard Callaghan. Lipinski first came to national prominence when she won the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival competition, which at the time was a junior-level competition. She became the youngest ladies figure skating gold medalist as well as the youngest athlete in any discipline to win gold. Later that season, Tara placed fourth at the 1995 World Junior Championships and second in the junior level at the 1995 U.S. Championships. By that time, Lipinski was the subject of a great deal of media attention.
In 1997, Lipinski unexpectedly won the U.S. Championships and, at 14, became the youngest person to win the title. She went on to win the World Championships, again becoming the youngest person to win the title. At the 1996 U.S. Postal Challenge, Lipinski became the first female skater to land a triple loop/triple loop jump combination, which became her signature element. Lipinski also won the 1997 Champion Series Final, again becoming the youngest female ever to win the title. Going into the 1998 Winter Olympics, Tara embraced the experience, living in the Olympic Village, experiencing all that Nagano had to offer, and mingling with other competitors. Lipinski skated her short program to music from the animated movie “Anastasia”, placing second to Kwan. In the long program, Lipinski performed seven triples, including a historic triple loop/triple loop combination and, at the very end, a triple toe/half loop/triple salchow sequence to overtake Kwan for the gold medal. Tara Lipinski became the youngest ever ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion and the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympic history.
She has made several television appearances, which have included guest roles on a number of primetime shows Are You Afraid of the Dark, Touched by an Angel, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica’s Closet, Early Edition, 7th Heaven, and Still Standing, as well as a cameo in the theatrical film Vanilla Sky. Lipinski also played a brief supporting role on The Young and the Restless in 1999, starred in the TV movie Ice Angel in 2000, and was cast in the independent film The Metro Chase. Additionally, she has been a celebrity guest on VH-1′s The List, Fox’s Beach Party, several Nickelodeon productions, Girls Behaving Badly, and has appeared on numerous magazine covers as well as every major talk show. In 1999, CBS aired a primetime special, Tara Lipinski: From This Moment On. Lipinski made an appearance on the Today Show on March 18, 2011, where she skated to Ben Harper’s “Forever”. In October 2013, it was announced that Lipinski will be a commentator and analyst on NBC Sports and Universal Sports during the Sochi Winter Games.
The year before her Olympic win, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Lipinski the 1997 Female Athlete of the Year. Lipinski is particularly proud of the recognition she has received from fans. In 1999 and 2000 she was voted Best Female Athlete at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. In 1999, Tara won Best Female Athlete at the inaugural Fox Teen Choice Awards. She received similar awards from Teen People and Teen magazine and has been recognized by the American Academy of Achievement, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation, and many other organizations. In 2006, Lipinski was the youngest ever inductee into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Other Ventures and Work:
Lipinski is a national spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is also a spokesperson for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. Lipinski is also involved with the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s anti-drug campaign. Her anti-drug public service announcement aired nationwide on TV and in theaters in 2000. She’s also dedicated to helping children in need, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Circle of Care, the organization for children’s hospitals nationwide. Tara has also supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and numerous cancer research efforts. Her portfolio of endorsements includes McDonald’s, Charles Schwab, Chevrolet, Snapple, DKNY, Minute Maid, Capezio, Mattel, Campbell’s Soup, Autoweb.com, Kellogg’s, Coca Cola, Kleenex, Kodak, Hallmark Cards, Office Depot, Smuckers, Target, and others. Lipinski has also been on the runway for Limited Too!. Lipinski has two official books in print: Totally Tara – An Olympic Journey and Triumph On Ice.
How Tara Lipinski Made Her Money – Skating, endorsements, and public works.
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million
Birthday: June 10, 1982