Tara Lipinski

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Tara Lipinski: A clean blank sheet of ice. I love stepping onto the ice knowing I can create whatever I want or am feeling that day. It inspires me to be creative and artistic. It’s a great therapeutic outlet to utilize both my heart and body at the same time.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

TL: Career-wise, I was not the most naturally talented ice skater. Of course I had a knack for it , but practice was always the answer for me. I needed to put in the time to get back the confidence that led me to Olympic gold. I would say facing the obstacles surrounding the day-to-day pressures of an elite athlete at a very young age was not the easiest task. Learning to deal with the nerves and feeling the pressure of representing my country, all while wanting to achieve my own dreams, was a big obstacle to plow through.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

TL: I love to work out. I need to work out! Nothing makes me feel better than walking out of a spin or barre class knowing my body and mind got some attention. I also have a sweet tooth, so I
try to balance some meals throughout the week with veggies, fruits, and protein.

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

TL: I am very competitive, so when I fail I use what I learned from that mishap to fuel success. As long as I leave my frustration behind, I know I am moving toward my goal again.

I love stepping onto the ice knowing I can create whatever I want or am feeling that day.”

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

TL: I just recently launched a blog, EssentiallyTara.com. I have been wanting
to find another platform to interact with my fans, and it only made sense to start with this blog to share my life, which includes my love of fashion, home, and travel. It is a ton of work, since I am a bit of a control freak and need to be part of every little thing, but it is also a very rewarding process. It’s a great creative outlet for me.

Tara Lipinski won an Olympic gold medal in ladies’ single figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, becoming the youngest woman ever to earn this title. She was a commentator at the 2014 Winter Olympics along with fellow skater Johnny Weir.

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