Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Claim to Fame
Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan
Actor/Actress, Set Decorator, Other Crew
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River Oaks Academy, Houston, TX (2000)
Full Name at Birth
Tara Kristen Lipinski
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Tara Kristen Lipinski (born June 10, 1982) is a retired American figure skater. At the age of 15, she won the ladies' singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Lipinski remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. She is also the 1997 World Champion, two-time Champions Series Final Champion (1997–1998) and 1997 U.S. Champion.
Ice Skater, actress
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Tara Kristen Lipinski (born June 10, 1982) is a retired American figure skater. At the age of 15, she won the ladies' singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, becoming the youngest Olympic gold medalist in ladies' figure skating in an individual event. She is also the 1997 World Champion (at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 10 days, the youngest person – by 32 days – ever to win a World Figure Skating Championship), two-time Champions Series Final Champion (1997–1998) and 1997 U.S. Champion.
Lipinski was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Patricia (née Brozyniak), a secretary, and Jack Richard Lipinski, an oil executive and lawyer. She spent her earliest years in Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. The family lived in the Sewell section of Mantua Township, New Jersey until 1991.
Tara learned ice figure skating technique from roller skating coaches in the Philadelphia area initially, but her first major competition was the 1990 Eastern Regional Championships for roller skating where she finished second. At the 1991 United States Roller Skating Championships, she won the primary girls freestyle as a nine-year-old.
In 1991, her father's job required the family to move to Sugar Land, Texas. However, training facilities were not available there. In 1993, Lipinski and her mother moved back to Delaware, where she had trained before. She 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 she 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, coined "Tara-Mania" by the media.
After a fifth-place finish at the 1996 World Junior Championships, Lipinski changed coaches from Jeff Di Gregorio at the University of Delaware to Richard Callaghan in Detroit. Later that season, at the senior level, she placed third at the 1996 United States Figure Skating Championships and qualified to compete at the senior-level World Championships. Lipinski was second in her qualifying round to Midori Ito, but fell twice in the short program, barely making the cutoff for the long program. Lipinski rallied to land seven triple jumps, including a triple salchow/triple loop combination, finishing 11th in the long program and 15th overall. Later that year, the International Skating Union voted to raise the minimum age for participating at the World Championships to 15. Lipinski, who was 13 at the time, was grandfathered in and remained eligible for future events, along with other skaters who had already competed at the World Championships before the new age requirement was introduced.
In late 1996, at the U.S. Postal Challenge, Lipinski became the first female skater to land a triple loop/triple loop jump combination, which became her signature element. In early 1997, Lipinski unexpectedly won the U.S. Championships and, at 14, became the youngest person to win the title ahead of Sonya Klopfer who won it in 1951 at the age of 15. Lipinski also won the 1997 Champion Series Final, again becoming the youngest female ever to win the title. She went on to win the World Championships, again becoming the youngest person to win the title.
The following season, Lipinski finished second to Michelle Kwan at Skate America and, while suffering from a bad head cold, to Laëtitia Hubert at Trophée Lalique. With Kwan sidelined due to a toe-related stress fracture injury, Lipinski defended her Champion Series Final title (now known as the Grand Prix Final). At the 1998 U.S. Nationals, Kwan and Lipinski met again, but after a fall on the triple flip in the short program, Lipinski ended the short program in 4th place with Kwan in 1st place. Although she landed seven triples in the long program, she finished second overall to Kwan.
Going into the 1998 Winter Olympics, Lipinski 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. She became the youngest ever ladies' Olympic Figure Skating Champion and the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympic history. (In 2014, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 6 days younger than Lipinksi, became t
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University of Delaware
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Don Buchwald & Associates N.Y., Good Entertainment
TV commercial for schwab.com (2000), TV Commercial for ESPN (1998), TV Commercial for Barbie (1998), TV Commercial for Snapple (1998), TV Commercial for Campbell's Soup (1998), TV Commercial for The Book (1999), TV Commercial for McDonald's (2000), 3 TV Commercial's for Anti-Smoking (1998-2000), TV Commercial for World No Tobacco Day (2001), TV Commercial for Chevy (1997), TV commercial for OfficeMax (2002), TV commercial for Office Depot (2002), TV commercial for Alberto VO5 (2001), TV Commercial for Oxygen Network (2003), Print ads for Mondor tights and athletic wear (1998-99), Print ad for America's Dairy Farmers and Milk Processors "got milk?" milk mustache campaign. (2004), Print ads for Smuckers jellies and JIF peanut butter in conjunction with the Smuckers Stars On Ice tour. (2004)
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