2022 Winter Olympics: Tara Lipinksi & Johnny Weir Speak Trend & Celebs

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The same old pièce de résistance of any Winter Olympic Video games, girls's determine skating, will get underway eventually Feb. 15, with Karen Chen, Mariah Bell and Alysa Liu taking the ice in hopes of securing a medal for the USA on this occasion for the primary time since 2006. 

To date Team USA has had a reasonably dazzling exhibiting on the 2022 Beijing Olympics, with 22-year-old powerhouse Nathan Chen incomes the highest-ever males's rating for his brief program on his approach to winning gold final week, the U.S. incomes silver within the group occasion and the ice dancing pair of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue including bronze medals to their trophy circumstances.

Nathan Chen, Karen Chen, Hubbell and Donahue have been additionally all members of that silver-winning group, together with Vincent Zhou, pairs couple Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, and ice dancers Evan Bates and Madison Chock

In the meantime, the ladies's competitors is already shadowed by scandal in mild of a report that, previous to the Video games, 15-year-old phenom Kamila Valieva of the group gold-winning ROC examined constructive for a coronary heart treatment discovered on the World Anti-Doping Company's listing of banned substances. After days of wrangling over her standing in these Olympics, she's been cleared to skate within the particular person occasion—her destiny already promised to be controversial whichever course it went.

So, all eyes can be on Valieva, who was already the favourite to prime the rostrum, particularly after turning into the primary on the ladies's aspect to ever land a quad soar within the Olympics. However maybe that may ease the stress on two-time Olympian Chen, 22; and first-timers Bell, 25, the reigning U.S. champion; and Liu, the youngest member of the whole U.S. determine skating group at 16.

In any case, whether or not they've been on the prime of their recreation or in a rebuilding interval, the U.S. group has all the time had its share of heroes, drama and high-flying moments, a part of an illustrious historical past going again to the 1940s.

So earlier than you compromise in together with your cocoa and your information to what's an Axel vs. a Lutz vs. a Salchow vs. a flip vs. a toe loop to look at the ladies's brief program tonight, this is a have a look at the place your favourite American determine skaters are actually:

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Scott Hamilton

The 2-time Olympian gained gold in Sarajevo in 1984, the primary American man to prime the rostrum since David Jenkins in 1960. Additionally as four-time World Champion, Hamilton went on to tour professionally and spent years as a TV commentator for CBS and NBC.

Hamilton spoke candidly about battling testicular most cancers after a 1997 analysis—"It was after I survived that I felt I may endure something," he advised Coping journal—and being handled for a reoccurring benign mind tumor.

"Each time I've gotten knocked down, I have been capable of stand up," he told People in 2015. "Skating teaches you the best way to stand up, since you fall down rather a lot. I'd urge anyone to climate the storm, as a result of on the opposite aspect of it will likely be one thing nice."

Hamilton and his spouse Tracie are mother and father of 4, together with two kids they adopted from Haiti in 2014.

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Brian Boitano

On the 1988 Calgary Video games, the three-time Olympian earned his American flag-appliquéd skates a spot within the Nationwide Museum of American Historical past along with his gold medal-winning efficiency, through which he grew to become the primary Olympic champion to land all six sorts of triple jumps. (He was already the primary skater ever to perform the feat throughout the 1983 World Championships.)

The native Californian has been a popular culture fixture ever since. He gained an Emmy for Excellent Efficiency in Classical Music/Dance Programming for the 1990 particular Carmen on Ice; acquired an sudden however life-changing shout-out within the tune "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" in 1999's South Park: Greater, Longer & Uncut, then hosted the Meals Community present What Would Brian Boitano Make?; and had cameos within the motion pictures Ice Princess and Blades of Glory.

When President Barack Obama named him to the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he additionally took the chance to come back out as homosexual, one thing he advised reporters he hadn't essentially deliberate to do publicly however was impressed to do as a part of the pushback to anti-gay laws handed in Russia.

"I do not really feel that I can signify the nation with out revealing this unimaginable aspect of myself," Boitano stated in a press release. "This is a vital second, and to signify my nation in Russia, it is a platform that's so essential for me."

He stays a go-to skilled when the massive occasions come up, and has contributed to NBC Sports activities' protection of the Beijing Olympics.

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Kristi Yamaguchi

The 1992 Olympic gold medalist truly first discovered success as a pairs skater, teaming with Rudy Galindo to win U.S. juniors in 1986 and world juniors in 1988.

However going solo was the transfer, as her triumph in Albertville would affirm. Afterward Yamaguchi toured as a professional for years and based the Always Dream basis, which offers funding for after-school applications and different training necessities for underprivileged kids.

She's made quite a few TV and film cameos, authored a best-selling kids's ebook, launched a health video, created an active-wear line and, final however not least, in 2006 she grew to become the primary Olympic determine skating champion to win Dancing With the Stars.

Yamaguchi has been married to former hockey participant Bret Hedican since 2000 (they met-cute on the 1992 Olympics as members of Staff USA) they usually have two daughters collectively.

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Nancy Kerrigan

Already a bronze medalist on the 1992 Albertville Olympics, Kerrigan could not assist however end up especially famous after being clubbed in the knee whereas preparing for the 1994 U.S. Championship in Detroit, an assault spearheaded by teammate Tonya Harding's ex-husband.

After making a triumphant silver medal exhibiting on the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics a month later, Kerrigan's life grew to become a whirlwind of endorsements, internet hosting Saturday Night time Stay and different all-star perks (and non-perks, akin to being caught on a scorching mic calling the Walt Disney World Parade the "corniest factor" she'd ever accomplished).

Kerrigan skated professionally and have become a fixture on the talking circuit, made quite a few TV appearances and authored the ebook Artistry on Ice. Within the spring of 2017 she completed sixth on Dancing With the Stars.

Throughout her run on the ballroom competitors, Kerrigan opened up about struggling six miscarriages in eight years after she and husband Jerry Solomon welcomed their firstborn, Matthew, in 1996. In 2005 they'd son Brian, with the assistance of IVF, and daughter Nicole was born in 2008. "We fought laborious for this household," she stated on DWTS. "I need to say to my youngsters by means of this dance, 'By no means hand over...Preserve attempting.'"

Forward of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Kerrigan told NewsNation's Morning in America (whereas speaking a couple of new NFT portrait of her as a superhero, about as zeitgeisty because it will get) that, with Brian competing in gymnastics and Nicole in ballet college, she's appreciating her personal mother and father' previous assist greater than ever. "No person will get to the highest by themselves," she mirrored. "It takes a group of individuals and energy. Chances are you'll be on the market performing by your self, however anyone's driving you, somebody's taking you and organizing...They're simply working so laborious that, as a mum or dad, I understand all that my mother and father did."

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Tonya Harding

OK, possibly not precisely a favourite when she made her second Olympic group in 1994, neither is she precisely a hero immediately, however due to hindsight and a thought-provoking tackle her story within the 2017 biopic I, Tonya, Harding isn't a villain anymore either.

After successful the U.S. championship a month prior, she completed a disappointing eighth on the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, her lengthy program dramatically interrupted by a damaged skate lace. After which in June, her nationwide title was vacated after an investigation into the assault on Nancy Kerrigan discovered that Harding's ex-husband and a number of associates have been behind the plot to incapacitate her rival sufficient to maintain her off the Olympic group. Harding insisted she knew nothing about it till after the assault had occurred. 

The takes have been unkind. For years Harding was relegated to punchline standing and did punchline-y issues, like make a intercourse tape, compete in superstar boxing matches and get arrested for punching her boyfriend (she pleaded guilty and spent three days in jail).

However after Margot Robbie's Oscar-nominated efficiency because the Portland, Ore.-bred skater, society appeared to unclench a bit. In 2018, Harding completed third on an all-athlete season of Dancing With the Stars and in 2019 gained the fifth superstar version of Worst Cooks in America, donating her $250,000 prize to St. Jude Youngsters's Analysis Hospital.

She's been married to 3rd husband Joseph Worth since 2010 and is mother to son Gordon, born in 2011.

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Michelle Kwan

The nine-time U.S. champion (tied for the all-time file with the late Maribel Vinson, a 1930s-era Olympian) got here up brief in her bids for Olympic gold, incomes silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002 after which pulling out of the 2006 Video games with an harm, however has remained some of the famous-ever faces of U.S. determine skating.

In the course of the Champions on Ice Tour in 2002 months after the Salt Lake Metropolis Olympics, for which she was incomes a tour-high $1 million and getting standing ovations, Kwan advised the Los Angeles Occasions of the viewers's reception to her, "It is extra a reassurance, not like a pity. Reassurance like, 'Hey, you already know, it would not matter, life's not good,' sort of perspective....They understand the ache [of losing]. That is the flawed phrase. That that is the best way life goes generally. It's important to sort of shrug your shoulders and transfer on."

With almost 20 years of hindsight beneath her belt, she told People in 2021, "Getting the chance and having the consideration to signify the nation was one thing else...There was nothing prefer it."

Kwan was a marketing campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020, and she or he executive-produced the 2021 YouTube particular Recipe for Change, a food-centric gathering of Asian-American cooks, celebrities and activists meant to assist educate viewers about their cultures' contributions amid a reported rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

And all types of pleasure is afoot now: In December, Biden nominated Kwan to be the following U.S. Ambassador to Belize, and final month she revealed she had welcomed her first child, a daughter named Kalista Belle Kwan.

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Tara Lipinski

We all know you already know precisely the place the 1998 Olympic gold medalist is—calling all of the figure-skating motion at the continuing 2022 Beijing Olympics alongside broadcasting accomplice Johnny Weir, the pair of them becoming a member of the NBC Sports activities household in 2013.

"It is like a long-lost soul mate that I met late in life," she told GQ of Weir in 2018. "I can not think about my life with out him."

Lipinski grew to become the youngest-ever world champion at 14 in 1997 earlier than beating all comers on the Nagano Olympics at 15, additionally the youngest-ever determine skater to win Olympic gold. (She additionally bested her U.S. teammate and anticipated frontrunner Michelle Kwan, who completed second.)

"To exit and skate the best way that I did, which was the best way that I educated, that is how each skater hopes to carry out," she recalled to E! News forward of the Beijing Video games. "I bear in mind my legs shaking as they referred to as my title and that had by no means occurred earlier than. I assumed, 'Oh, what do I do now? I would like them!' However to then be capable of skate the best way that I did, I am going to all the time bear in mind not a lot successful, however the second the music ended and I used to be operating throughout the ice, simply the reduction that I felt, the enjoyment that I felt to skate effectively and have a great exhibiting, however do it in entrance of hundreds of thousands of individuals at an Olympic Video games."

She met her future husband, producer Todd Kapostasy, when she introduced an award to him on the Sports activities Emmys in 2015, they usually tied the knot two years later. They teamed as much as produce the 2022 Peacock documentary Meddling, about the 2002 Salt Lake Metropolis Olympics scoring scandal that resulted in two units of gold medals being handed out in pairs skating.

"Skating has positively made its mark in terms of scandals," Lipinski advised E!. "Clearly Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, after which the 2002 judging scandal. Hopefully that is in our previous."

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Sarah Hughes

Even for the devoted determine skating followers whose viewing of the game is not relegated to the Winter Video games each 4 years, Hughes seemingly got here out of nowhere to dominate in Salt Lake Metropolis in 2002, successful gold in her Olympics debut with an infectiously joyful lengthy program. (Significantly, the reminiscence of the look in her eyes because it registered that she was in the midst of giving the efficiency of her life nonetheless resonates.)

You would be forgiven for not initially betting on the 16-year-old, although. She was the 1998 U.S. junior champion, however was solely the reigning bronze medalist on the 2001 World Championships when she made her first U.S. Olympic group. And even as soon as she acquired there, she was fourth within the brief program. Michelle Kwan, who was within the lead heading into the lengthy program, in the end took bronze.

In reality, Hughes stays the one American girl to have gained Olympic determine skating gold however no nationwide or world titles.

She went on to attend Yale, then legislation college at College of Pennsylvania, and is a training lawyer in New York. She served as a consultant of former first woman Michelle Obama's Let's Transfer! Marketing campaign and was a part of the U.S. delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018. Final 12 months, she meticulously documented her expertise freezing her eggs on her web site, noting that when the method was over, "Actually trying ahead to getting again on the ice as soon as I get the all-clear."

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Sasha Cohen

The 2006 nationwide champion earned silver on the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, after which took three years off from competitors—although not from skating, acting on tour and at occasions such because the Rockefeller Middle Christmas Tree lighting.

She virtually made it to Vancouver in 2010, ending up as a group alternate after coming in fourth on the U.S. Championships, however then in the end retired later that 12 months.

Cohen made quite a few TV appearances and she or he graduated from Columbia College in 2016 with a level in political science. Having already revealed a memoir, Fireplace on Ice, when she was 19, she's been fairly open in regards to the intense stress she confronted whereas competing.

"As a teenage athlete, you are hyper-focused on making and successful the Olympics, then typically compelled to retire at an early age," she told US Figure Skating Fan Zone in 2021. "You go from being actually good at one thing within the highlight with a ton of assist, press and sponsorships, to being anyone of yesterday."

Final 12 months she hosted Sasha Classes: A Staff USA Podcast, through which she interviewed visitors together with activists, artists, journalists and fellow Olympians akin to Apolo Ohno, Adam Rippon and Laurie Hernandez.

Cohen married hedge fund supervisor Tom Might in August 2016 however they divorced in 2018. Celebrating her birthday in October 2019, she wrote on Instagram, "I feel I am a bit wiser, extra resilient, and nearer to determining (and prioritizing) the issues that actually matter in life." And in January 2020 she welcomed son Dashiell with fiancé Geoffrey Lieberthal.

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Evan Lysacek

Following Brian Boitano's triumph in 1988, U.S. males's determine skating skilled a little bit of an Olympics lull, with Paul Wylie's silver in 1992 and Timothy Goebel's bronze in 2002 the one proof the American fellows have been nonetheless fielding (rinking?) a group.

After simply lacking the rostrum in 2006, ending fourth, two-time nationwide champion Lysacek ended that gold medal drought in Vancouver in 2010 (the place he shared among the highlight along with his impeccably tailor-made Vera Wang costumes).

He completed second on Dancing With the Stars that spring and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's SportsMan of the 12 months.

After retiring from skating, Lysacek started a profession in business actual property (he additionally worked for Wang for a time in New York), and in 2019 married actual property developer Duangpatra Bodiratnangkura in a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

"I can not specific sufficient how fortunate I really feel to have discovered my good match on this unimaginable woman," he told People of his then-fiancée. "She's extraordinary in each manner and she or he makes me a greater man."

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Johnny Weir

The three-time nationwide champion by no means medaled in his journeys to the Olympics in 2006 and 2010, however his inventive flare and glam-rock type out on the ice all the time swept the honorary gold. 

Therefore the mixed 17 suitcases Weir stated he and longtime NBC broadcasting accomplice Tara Lipinski have been bringing to Beijing in 2022. "It isn't as many as we have introduced prior to now, so I feel we're maturing," he told E!'s Daily Pop. "Or we spend an excessive amount of time collectively and I do know precisely what's in her closet already."

The duo's chemistry and experience have made their commentary must-watch elements of award present crimson carpet protection, high-end canine exhibits, Tremendous Bowl pre-game segments, the Kentucky Derby and—twist!—the Rio Summer time Olympics in 2016. However at the moment of 12 months, their past love, determine skating, is all-consuming.

"You give us a display screen with determine skating on it, and we'll each be out of our seats," Lipinski advised E!. "I can be grabbing his hand."

Off the ice, Weir and Victor Voronov married in 2012 however then messily break up up barely two years later. Weir remembered Lipinski being there for him after they labored their first Olympics collectively in Sochi in 2014.

"I used to be going by means of a very nasty divorce, and the one particular person I needed to undergo it with me was Tara," he told GQ in 2018. "And for a brand new friendship, that is rather a lot to anticipate anyone to placed on her shoulders. However Tara was up with me so long as I wanted her to be up with me; she helped push me by means of work. In some way, on the identical time my life was falling aside, we have been crushing it at work, and we have been successful hearts throughout America. That bonded us so rapidly."

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White

After incomes silver in Vancouver, the six-time nationwide and two-time world champions gained the USA' first-ever gold medal in ice dancing in Sochi, the place additionally they shared in group bronze. They could have damaged a number of transport hearts after they insisted that they have been not a romantic couple, however the longtime companions have been over the moon about making historical past.

Davis gained Dancing With the Stars months later and she or he and White hit the exhibition circuit earlier than in the end retiring in February 2017. She married retired Russian-Canadian determine skater Fedor Andreev in June 2019, taking their vows in a scenic ceremony in Provence, France.

"We simply stored taking deep breaths and attempting to take it in as a result of I feel that was some of the impactful moments," the bride told Town & Country. "We might been relationship for a very long time and we have cherished each other for a very long time, and but the expertise of sharing that second with one another was so stunning. It is most likely my favourite reminiscence ever up thus far."

Somewhat chilly, however wedding ceremony days will do this to an individual, even an Olympic gold medalist.

White married retired Canadian-American ice dancer Tanith Melvin in 2015 they usually have a son collectively. White has introduced plans to open the Michigan Ice Dance Academy in 2022, and each he and Davis stay sought-after voices with regards to skating and high-level competitors.

"It is an attention-grabbing expertise as a former athlete, as an Olympian, as a result of after I was in it, all of it made sense," Davis said in an Instagram Live session for Olympics.com when the Beijing Video games have been a couple of 12 months away. "That is the world that you simply're in; that is the main focus you've got. And now I watch these unimaginable athletes and I feel to myself, 'I do not understand how I handled these nerves. I do not understand how I had that focus.'"

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Adam Rippon

The 2016 nationwide champion did not make the rostrum skating individually on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, however he did share in the U.S. group's bronze—and glided away with America's coronary heart all the identical along with his ardour, musicality, type, spirited social media posts and normal joie de vivre.

He actually caught Sally Field's son's eyeSam Greisman tweeting out a snippet of an change between he and his Oscar winner mother through which she inspired him, "Sam... he is insanely fairly. Discover a manner."

After Pyeongchang, Rippon skated on over to Dancing With the Stars and gained the entire thing, and ended up on TIME's listing of the "100 Most Influential Individuals of 2018." Ever since he is been balancing his work in leisure (guest-hosting RuPaul's Drag Race, showing in Taylor Swift's "You Must Calm Down" video) and human rights activism.

He married husband Jussi-Pekka Kajaala on Dec. 31, 2021.

Speaking about what he needed to see from the Beijing Olympics, Rippon, who since 2019 has choreographed a number of of first-time Olympian Mariah Bell's brief applications, told E! News in January, "What I hope that the viewers remembers is that every one these athletes are human and once we discuss them and we rejoice them, that they will see the best way folks discuss them. Simply keep in mind that these are individuals who labored their total lives for these moments whether or not it goes the best way they need it to or not. They work extremely laborious they usually put their blood, sweat and tears and time into these moments."

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Gracie Gold

The 2-time nationwide champion and CoverGirl spokeswoman shared the bronze along with her fellow People within the inaugural group occasion on the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However whereas she was thought-about a favourite to make the group once more for Pyeongchang in 2018, as an alternative she pressed pause on her profession to take time to heal.

She has since turn out to be much more well-known for her contributions to the ongoing dialog in regards to the toll this stage of competitors can tackle athletes' psychological well being. Talking frankly about her struggles with an consuming dysfunction, nervousness and melancholy, Gold recalled her lowest moments to the New York Times in 2019, explaining, "You need folks to see your ache in order that they see you need assistance, however you do not need to ask for assist. So you reside in this type of horrible limbo."

Together with Michael Phelps, Lolo Jones, Sasha Cohen and extra, Gold participated within the 2020 documentary The Weight of Gold, in regards to the numerous psychological well being challenges Olympic athletes face. Her try and make the 2022 U.S. Olympic group fell brief when she completed 10th at nationals, however Gold joined the enjoyable on Kevin Hart's Winter Olympics Tailgate Get together, a part of Peacock's 24/7 protection of the Beijing Video games, and she or he's engaged on a memoir.

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Ashley Wagner

The three-time nationwide champion shared group bronze on the 2014 Sochi Olympics however she missed making the U.S. group in 2018—and Wagner did not hesitate to share her frustration, telling reporters she was "completely livid" about her scores on the U.S. Championships that January.

"What you see is what you get with me, and I pleasure myself on being trustworthy and open," she said afterward on TODAY. "I feel on the finish of the day, primarily based on the choice standards, they completely made the proper name with this group." She nonetheless questioned the consistency of the scoring, however in the end accepted the outcomes.

Recalling being requested how she felt simply after discovering out the outcomes, Wagner stated, "I feel that I used to be simply heartbroken. I imply, devastated. I had labored 22 years for that second, and I had put out one thing that I felt so pleased with."

She talked to NBC Sports in October about her newest chapter, learning psychology at Northeastern College with hopes of opening her personal remedy observe in the future and residing in Boston with boyfriend Alex Clark, a center college science instructor.

Wagner additionally was educating a weekly Skate and Sculpt class at an area rink and did some youth teaching. "I really feel like I'm a part-time therapist, part-time technical coach," she defined. "It is a good candy spot to remain concerned within the sport however not too concerned." She's additionally been a part of NBC Sports activities' U.S.-based Beijing Olympics protection.

However as for competing, she acknowledged, "I by no means cherished skating. I noticed it as a possibility, a way to an finish. Once I was accomplished, I used to be actually accomplished."

Wherever their Olympic journeys led them, virtually everybody talked about was tuning in to look at their successors go for gold this previous week.

Together with Ashley Wagner, who on Monday shared some new photographs she took with Brian Boitano on the set of NBC Sports' "Olympic Ice" protection. They wore huge smiles, however apparently in response to the information about Kamila Valieva, Wagner captioned the pics, "@brianboitano and I sliding into your DMs like [waving emoji]….Glad Valentine's Day! Skating broke my coronary heart immediately so I am formally switching sports activities."

And we might anticipate nothing much less from one of many numerous skaters who left the whole lot out on that ice.

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Watch the 2022 Beijing Olympics every day on NBC and Peacock and don't miss the Closing Ceremony Sunday, Feb. 20.


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