Monday, February 17, 2014

Olympic Flashback #8: Tara Lipinski's "Anastasia" short program and "The Rainbow" Freeskate in Nagano in 1998

At the 1998 Games in Nagano, Tara Lipinski entered as the reigning World champion. Even so, it was American Michelle Kwan who was heavily favored to win. Lipinski took a different approach to the Olympics that paid major dividends. While Kwan approached the Games in a more business-like way, staying in a hotel with her family away from the media, instead of in the Olympic village, Lipinski was having the time of her life, soaking in the Olympic spirit. Lipinski's more joyful approach translated to two effervescent,dream performances.

This Olympics in Sochi, I've greatly enjoyed Tara as a commentator with Johnny Weir for NBC's daytime skating coverage. As a pair, the two not only have experience and knowledge, they also have a cutting-edge fashion sense that has kept viewers interested each day, excited to see what the "glimmer twins" will be wearing that day. THE best thing about skating coverage has been these two. So fresh,funny, and fabulous.

"Anastasia" short program:

"The Rainbow" Freeskate:

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