Tara Lipinski (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program

Tara Lipinski (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program


>>WELCOME BACK TO WHITE RING. THE LADIES’ SHORT PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY. FORM HAS HELD THUS FAR. MARIA BUTIRSKAYA FIRST ON THE ICE HAS FIRST PLACE. LU CHEN OF CHINA MIGHT HAVE BEEN JUDGED A LITTLE LOW BY SOME OF THE JUDGES. SURYA BONALY OF FRANCE IS CURRENTLY THIRD. I’M VERNE LUNDQUIST ALONG WITH SCOTT HAMILTON. IT SEEMS THERE’S A CONSENSUS THAT MICHELLE KWAN IS THE OVERWHELMING FAVORITE FOR THE GOLD AND TARA LIPINSKI FOR THE SILVER.>>TARA LIPINSKI IS THE REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION. THEY’RE THE TWO BEST SKATERS IN THE WORLD. MOMENTUM FAVORS MICHELLE KWAN. SHE HAD A HUGE SEASON. THE HUGE WIN AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT FAVORS HER A LITTLE BIT. BUT WATCHING THE PRACTICES, WATCHING TARA LIPINSKI. SHE SKATES WITH A LOT MORE SPEED IN THE SHORT PROGRAM, HER COMBINATION IS A LITTLE TOUGHER AND THE TRIPLE FLIP AS A REQUIRED JUMP IS TOUGHER THAN MICHELE’S TRIPLE TOE LOOP. THE BATTLE FOR THE BRONZE, HOWEVER, ISNTERESTING. IT’S ALL OVER THE PLACE. WHEN A SKATER IS GETTING READY FOR THE SHORT PROGRAM, THEY’VE GOT JUMP COMBINATIONS AND EVERYTHING. THIS IS WHAT’S GOING THROUGH THE JUDGES’ MINDS, FLYING NAMES ALL OVER THE PLACE. THIS MANY PEOPLE ARE IN IT FOR A BRONZE MEDAL. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. YOU’VE GOT FMER WORLD CHAMPIONS ON THIS LIST. IT’S WIDE OPEN. EIGHT REQUIRED ELEMENTS, MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING CAN HAPPEN.>>THIS PANEL OF NINE JUDGES WILL HAVE THE TASK OF MAKING THE ASSESSMENTS.>>NORMALLY YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE FRONT ROW IN ANY COMPETITION IS THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE, I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE SITTING THERE TONIGHT, THAT’S FOR SURE.>>AND ON THE ICE IN HER WARMUP RIGHT NOW, THE WORLD CHAMPION, 15-YEAR-OLD TARA LIPINSKI.>>SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE’S GETTING HER FEET UNDER HER. A LITTLE NERVES AT FIRST, A LITTLE TIGHT. BUT SHE’S SKATING WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE EASE. A COMBINATION THAT SHE’LL BE DOING IS TRIPLE LUTZ AND A DOUBLE LOOP. AGAIN, SHE HAS TO CONTROL THE LANDING RIGHT HERE, AND SHE DIDN’T ON THAT PASS.>>IT WAS THE FLIP THAT COST HER AT THE U.S. NATIONALS IN PHILADELPHIA.>>AGAIN, THE TOE JUST LOOKED LIKE IT SLIPPED OUT A LITTLE BIT AND DIDN’T GIVE HER THE HEIGHT AND THE NORMAL STRAIGHT AIR POSITION THAT SHE NORMALLY HAS. IT’S ALL TEMPO. TEMPO, IT’S RHYTHM, IT’S TIMING. ANY TIME YOU GET INTO A TEMPO SITUATION YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE. ANOTHER COMBINATION, TRIPLE LUTZ INTO DOUBLE LOOP. THE LUTZ, DOUBLE LOOP, BEAUTIFUL.>>AND WHILE TARA WARMS UP, LET’S GO TO TRACY WILSON, WHO IS WITH LU CHEN.>>LU, THE TRIPLE LUTZ COMBINATION GAVE YOU SO MUCH TROUBLE ALL WEEK IN PRACTICE. WHAT DID YOU DO TO LAND IT SO WELL IN THE PROGRAM?>>WELL, BECAUSE BEFORE I COME HERE, AT HOME I DID, YOU KNOW, REALLY GOOD. AND WHEN I COME HERE, HAVE LITTLE TROUBLE. BUT WHEN I GO ON ICE, I JUST THINK, OK, I CAN DO IT. IT’S TIME TO SHOW OUT.>>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT IT. TAKE ME THROUGH IT. TELL ME ABOUT IT.>>WELL, I FEEL REALLY GOOD, REALLY CONFIDENT. I KNOW I CAN LAND.>>IT’S A BEAUTIFUL ONE.>>YEAH.>>I UNDERSTAND YOU HAD A SPECIAL GOOD LUCK CHARM WITH YOU FOR THIS PERFORMANCE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT.>>WELL, I HAD THE LITTLE THE 1995 WORLD FINALS, AND I WIN AND IT’S MY FRIEND. HE GIVE IT TO ME, AND I KEEP IN MY POCKET. DURING MY PROGRAM, I PUT IT IN MY JACKET, AND I TELL MY COACH, COCK, DON’T LEAVE ME, HOLD THIS JACKET. — OK, DON’T LEAVE, HOLD THIS JACKET. THERE’S THIS LITTLE PIG WHERE SHE’S DOING OLYMPIC.>>IN LILLEHAMMER WHERE SHE WON. WELL, IT’S OBVIOUSLY BRINGING YOU ALL KINDS OF GOOD LUCK. HOPE YOU HAVE IT WITH YOU IN THE LONG PROGRAM.>>YES.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, TRACY. TARA LIPINSKI BORN AND RAISED IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA. SHE LIVED IN WASHINGTON TWIP, NEW JERSEY. THE FAMILY MOVED TO SUGARLAND, TEXAS, WHERE SHE WAS 9. SHE NOW LIVES AND TRAINS IN DETROIT, WHERE SHE’S COACHED BY RICHARD CALLAGHAN, TODD ELDREDGE’S COACH. SHE WON A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND LAST MARCH AT THE AGE OF 14. YOUNGEST WORLD CHAMPION EVER. SHE WAS 32 DAYS YOUNGER THAN SONJA HENIE.>>NOW SHE SKATES TO THE MOVIE MUSIC OF “ANASTASIA.”>>THIS IS THE SPIRAL SEQUENCE EARLIER. THE AMERICAN WOMEN REALLY TAKE THIS IS HE SERIOUSLY. THE POSITION, THE EXTENSION, FLEXIBILITY.>>THE COMBINATION COMING UP NOW, TRIPLE LUTZ AND THE DOUBLE LOOP. THE LUTZ, DOUBLE LOOP, BEAUTIFULLY LANDED.>>NEXT ELEMENT IS THE TRIPLE FLIP THAT SHE MISSED AT THE U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. CONNECTING STEPS HERE. TRIPLE FLIP. A LITTLE CAUTIOUS ON THE LANDING, BUT WHAT A HUGE HURDLE. ALL THE RISK IS BEHIND HER NOW. SHE HAS A DOUBLE AXEL. SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY TROUBLE AT THAT. SHE KNOWS SHE’S DONE IT.>>LOOK AT THE JOY ON HER FACE.>>SHE LOOKS SO TINY. SHE SKATES WITH SUCH MATURITY. SHE HAS THE HEART OF A CHAMPION, AND SHE’S REALLY HAD A GREAT TIME ENJOYING HER FIRST OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE. FINAL COMBINATION SPIN. LOOK AT THE SPEED, THE POSITION. PERFECT SHORT PROGRAM. TARA LIPINSKI.>>HER TEAMMATE TODD ELDREDGE, FOURTH IN THE MEN’S PROGRAM. HER PARENTS, JACK AND PAT LIPINSKI, ARE HERE, BUT THEY’RE HIDING. WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND THEM. TARA LIPINSKI. SHE CAME AND HAS ENJOYED HER OLYMPIC GAMES. SHE STAYED IN THE VILLAGE, I CHATTED WITH TODD ELDREDGE YESTERDAY, AND SAID ABOUT TWO DAYS AGO SHE BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT THIS WAS AN OLYMPIC EVENT.>>HI, DADDY. HI, MOM. HI, JAMIE, LINDSEY, VICTORIA, EVERYBODY. ERIN.>>SHE REACHES BACK WITH HER RIGHT LEG, VAULTS, TIGHT AIR POSITION, GOOD COVERAGE OF ICE. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE, CONTROLS THAT EDGE BEAUTIFULLY. BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE LOOP. RICHARD CALLAGHAN LOOKS ON GOING PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, YES! TODD ELDREDGE, HE DID IT THE HER NIGHT IN HIS SHORT PROGRAM. YOU GET PAST THE COMBINATION AND EVERYTHING JUST GETS A LITTLE BIT EASIER.>>PEOPLE THINK THIS MIGHT BE A WEAKNESS OF HERS, BUT SHE DOES HAVE INCREDIBLE MATURITY.>>LATER TONIGHT, MICHELLE KWAN AND NICOLE BOBEK.

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