Tara Lipinski, the internationally acclaimed figure skater who won over the world’s hearts when she earned the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics – earning her the distinction as the youngest individual gold medalist ever in Winter Games history – has applied the same grace, finesse and assiduous character as a role model to empower a whole generation of young girls to achieve any goal they set their minds to. Tara was also recognized as the youngest ever World Figure Skating Champion and United States Champion. In the time since her Olympic triumph, Lipinski has taken the same championship-style approach to her roles as a TV sports commentator for NBC, NBC Sports and Universal Sports, an actress, a philanthropist and more. In following her love for performance as a popular professional ice skater into these new high-profile jobs, it is clear Lipinski was born to be a performer both on the ice and on the screen.
Today, Tara is NBC’s prime time figure skating TV Analyst, covering events like the World Figure Skating Championships, the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships and the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After her huge success at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, with NBC Sports, she was promoted to the NBC prime time team for the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. Aside from figure skating, NBC has enlisted Tara for its live event coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl XLIX and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Previous to her role at NBC, Tara attended Olympic Games where she worked with many of the world’s top media outlets and partnered with sponsors, further burnishing her global stature as an iconic Olympian of accomplishment and inspiration.
The strength of character, determination, expertise and Tara’s infectious joie de vivre that has become her enduring brand can be seen in the golden moments of her winning Olympic performance, yet were instilled at an early age. It all began when as a three-year-old in Sewell, New Jersey, she started roller skating, and went on at age nine to win the primary girls freestyle title at United States Roller Skating Championships.
At 13 years old, Lipinski went on to become the first female skater to land a triple loop/triple loop jump combination – a signature element of her performances. On reaching the amateur pinnacle of her sport with her Olympic achievements, Tara turned professional and proved her public appeal has a strong audience draw on such events as Stars on Ice, Champions on Ice and Ice Wars. She co-headlined with Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi on the Stars on Ice tour and starred in the Pro Team competition Ice Wars that aired on CBS prime time.
A deal with CBS Television resulted in her own primetime special, Tara Lipinski: From This Moment On, and led to dozens of cameo TV appearances and acting roles on such primetime series as Kidding, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica’s Closet, 7th Heaven, and The Young and the Restless, among others.
Tara also authored two bestselling books entitled Triumph on Ice and Totally Tara.
Lipinski currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York as well as the house she helped design on the South Carolina coast when she has time to get away from her busy career.