Tara Lipinski - Olympic Figure Skating Champion:
In 1998, Tara Lipinski won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at age fifteen. She is youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history.
Date and Place of Birth:
Tara Lipinski was born on June 10, 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tara Lipinski is an only child. Her parents are Patricia Brozyniak Lipinski and Jack Lipinski.
Tara began skating first as a roller skater. She was only three when she began roller skating and showed much talent. She won many awards as an artistic roller figure skater.
Switched to Ice Skating:
Lipinski switched from roller skating to ice skating at the age of six. It is very easy for roller skaters to make the switch to ice skating, so Tara mastered figure skating elements quickly and easily.
Highlights of Tara Lipinski's Competitive Skating Career:
Tara's competitive skating career was actually very short.
- U.S. Championships: 3rd 1996, 1st 1997, 2nd 1998
- World Championships: 15th 1996, 1st 1997
- Winter Olympics: 1st 1998
- Junior U.S. Championships: 2nd 1995
- Junior World Championships: 4th 1995, 5th 1996
- Novice U.S. Championships: 2nd 1994
In 1997, when she won the United States Figure Skating Championships and the World Figure Skating Championships, she became the youngest person in history to win those events.
Signature Jump Combination:
Tara Lipinski is the first woman skater to land a triple loop-triple loop jump combination. That jump became her signature jump combination. She landed that combination cleanly at the 1998 Olympic games.
Tara Lipinski's coach at the 1998 Olympics was Richard Callaghan.
Tara starred in "Stars on Ice" for four years. Due to injury, she has been forced to limit her professional figure skating performances. She has seriously pursued an acting career and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Tara Lipinski was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee in 1997 as "Female Athlete of the Year." Tara was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2006. She has also received awards from Nickelodeon and Fox.