FC: Tara Lipinski Renowned Figure Skater | By: Megan Dickens
2: Named after plantation in "Gone with the Wind" | Parents: Patricia & Jack Lipinski | Born June 20, 1982 | Born in Philidelphia, Penn.
3: AT 2 years old, it began!! | She watched her first Olympic games on TV, then got flowers & ribbons, stood on top of tupperware, imitating the champ
4: How'd she start Skating? | Her mom was looking in the newspaper for movie showtimes when she saw an ad for a free carebear with roller skating lessons when she was 3
5: RIGOROUS schedule even as a little girl: 3am trip to Houston for lessons. | """"""'Hectic,' she called it. I got used to eating dinner off a tray in the back of the car, changing my clothes while zipping over the Delawar Bridge, and doing homework by a light attached to the dashboard." Most evenings, she was so tired, her mom carried her to bed. | Ice skating- 4days Roller Skating-3 days
7: In an interview at age 12, she said, "I try to follow God in everything I do. She really admires Saint Therese because of the similarities in their lives.
8: Besides being a phenomenal skater, she did very well in school When in Michigan, she attended the Detroit School of Skating 5 hours a day She went through homeschooling as she got older and her schedule became more grueling
10: Tara said she prays berore performances that people would come to God through watching her skate from the heart.
11: She loves frogs & collects them
12: She loves her dogs and often brings them to her competitions
13: At 11, she passed the skills test that qualified her as a "senior lady" in ice skating Placed fourth when she was 13, at Wor;d Junior Figure Skating Championships At 14, she became the 1st female skater EVER to land a triple loop/triple loop jump combination!
14: U.S. Olympic Committe named her female athlete of the year in 97 BEFORE her Olympic Win
15: Competed w/ Michelle Kwan several times
16: At 16, she become the YOUNGEST person EVER to win an Olympic Gold!
17: She was the smallest competitor at the competition 4 ft 10 inches 82 pounds
18: In March of 98' she decided to withdraw from the 98' World Figure Skating Competetion because of an illness When better, she decided to turn professional Started touring with "Stars on Ice." she was much younger than the others
19: Since an injury on "Stars on Ice," she has turned to acting, apperating on programs like Sabrina, 7th Heaven, Malcolm in the Middle and Vanilla Sky.
20: She's a spokesperson for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids & The Childhood Leukemia Foundation
21: She's a spokesperson for Boys and Girls Club of Ameriaca | A highlight was when she helped a blind girl how to skate
22: In 2006, she was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of FAme