With the Winter Olympics upon us, we could find no better time to catch up with an icon in the world of figure-skating; 1998 Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski. This time, she’s back to commentate (and do a shoot and interview with us Potatoheads)…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Almond milk latte, egg white omelet and an everything bagel! Snack smoothie with carob chips, peanut butter, almond milk and bananas. Lunch salad is kale/romaine with grilled salmon. For a snack, dark chocolate anything! Dinner, R&D Kitchen’s Dings Crispy Chicken Sandwich. It’s to die for. Crispy chicken, coleslaw, cheese, tomato, some amazing secret sauce. French fries and of course a glass of Chardonnay.
What’s the most memorable moment you have from a winter Olympics in your career?
Obviously skating my free skate in Japan was the ultimate memory for me. I worked so many years for that moment and for everything to fall into place under all that pressure was such a relief – but more importantly, I remember how joyous and excited I was to be out on the ice and having the time of my life.
Another memory I love – the night I won, I came back to the Olympic village and went to the cafeteria to grab an ice cream. When I walked in Wayne Gretzky (I trained in Detroit and was a huge fan) was there with some teammates. He came over to congratulate me and then everyone joined in and we had this big ice cream party. At fifteen, I was in heaven!
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines? Your workout routines?
I love Barre and spin class. I usually switch them up throughout the week. I also like to workout at home with slider disks and Thera bands. For working out, I usually go with a clean face but always waterproof mascara for just a little something. Sometimes I work out with a deep conditioner on my hair and wrap it into a bun. It heats up from the workout and then I just rinse it out in the shower.
How do you always start your day?
Well, I have a flat-coated retriever named Dublin and he is our wake up call. He jumps up on the bed and either starts “rooing” or licking our faces – or if that doesn’t work, the barking commences! My husband and I don’t need an alarm clock. Then I always have to have my coffee and breakfast the moment I get downstairs.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
My dad has always told me, “The only time you’ll find success before work is in the dictionary.” I have loved this quote and it reminds that whatever dream or goal I have, I must put in the hard work.
Worst advice – I don’t remember who it was, but I was told “Do you know what the percentage chance is of winning an Olympic gold medal? You should have a back up plan.”
What advice would you have for future young Olympians?
To enjoy the Olympic experience! There is so much more than just your event at an Olympic Games. I went for the entire games, stayed in the village, went to opening and closing ceremonies and really experienced the Olympic life. I would say; Soak it all in and be proud to wear Team USA on the back of your jacket. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and it’s so special to just be an Olympian.
Any skaters in particular we should keep our eye out for in February?
Nathan Chen for sure! He has revolutionized men’s skating in the US and over the past year the world as well, with the amount of quads he is adding to his programs. He has beat the reigning Olympic Champion and the favorite, Yuzuru Hanyu going into Korea, so he isn’t just looking at a podium finish. Nathan will be shooting for the gold.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
Shake Shack! Crispy chicken sandwich and chocolate milkshake. Or a Dairy Queen blizzard (the chocolate extreme)! And with my husband of course.
What’s one thing no one knows about you?
People may know this but I love the ocean but I am terrified of sharks. I mean, really terrified. I also hate turbulence while flying. You will find me death gripping my armrests.
If you could give a quote of the day to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
Exhausted and exhilarated.
*Tara Lipinski, photographed at The Standard Hotel Ice Rink in New York, NY