Friday, February 17, 2006

Who is this Woman?

The 2006 Winter Olympics is here. My favorite Winter Olympic event is the ladies singles ice skating. I have a weakness for beautiful women with athletic jumping ability and the grace of a ballerina.

I think my interest started with the 1992 gold medal win by Kristi Yamaguchi. Then who could forget the soap opera Tonya Harding conspiracy to harm competitor Nancy Kerrigan in 1994? Nancy took the Olympic silver that year as Tonya whined. I almost quit watching ice skating.

But in the 1998 grace returned to ice skating. 15 year old Tara Lipinski jumped her way to Olympic gold upsetting Michelle Kwan. In 2002 Michelle again was upset when Sarah Hughes took the gold.

I was hoping Michelle Kwan could win the gold this time around. No one deserves it more. However she had to withdraw due to injury. My next choice would be the dazzling talented Sasha Cohen but I’ll also be rooting for Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes. I look forward to watching them perform.

Oh the woman in the picture above?

That is Tara Lipinski. She hasn't skated for years. She has been busy pursuing an acting career. She has an upcoming guest appearance in TV sitcom "Malcom in the Middle". Her episode will air on April 2nd. Here is her IMDB Information

1998 - Tara takes the Gold

Tara Lipinski - Skating Highlights

--> 1998 U.S. Olympian, ladies’ figure skating gold medalist at age 15 (youngest gold medalist in Olympic Winter Games history)
--> Youngest ladies’ world champion in history at age 14 (1997)
--> Won three consecutive medals at the U.S. Championships (1996,1997 and 1998), winning the title in 1997 (youngest skater to do so in U.S. history)
--> Two-time winner of the Champions Series (Grand Prix) of Figure Skating final (1997, 1998)


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