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Tara Lipinski – 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate
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  • September 14, 2011 at 8:55 am
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    The crowd was booing Michelle moved ahead of Nicole. While Michelle was grossly overmarked for her long program skate, I think alot of these fans arent very knowledgable as they seem to forget there are 2 programs. Nicole did still beat Michelle in the long even with her gross overmarking, but she was too far back after the short to have any chance to pass her (even if Kwan had been marked properly).

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  • September 14, 2011 at 8:56 am
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    Also the judge who actually marked Tara behind Michelle should be banned from skating for life. I hope to hear she was if anyone knows.

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  • September 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm
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    young and fearless-a winning combination

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  • October 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm
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    Wow, Michelle declined an interview this early in her career – the pouting entitlement reactions begin. How nice to see Tara and Nicole glowing, though.

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  • December 10, 2011 at 4:11 am
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    awww her reaction is sooo adorable!!! and GREAT performance!! totally deserving of the title

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  • December 29, 2011 at 5:20 am
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    Explanations and tears @ 97 Nationals, 97 Worlds, 98, 02 Olympics. Take a cue from Yamaguchi after she lost 90 and 91 nationals, praising the winner and watching with smiling approval of Trenary and Harding's long programs on camera, but then again Yamaguchis and Hughes display of sportsmanship is a rarity. Karma……..Karma.

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  • January 27, 2012 at 5:34 am
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    @TribleButz OK, I hadn't, thanks. I still don't see what she had to collect herself for except for not winning. I LOVE Michelle's skating, but she is so unpleasant to watch when she doesn't win something.

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  • March 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm
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    I like her 1997 programs much more than her 1998 programs. This program had maturity and was fun. In 1998 it seemed she was trying to be something she wasn't…Both Michelle and Nicole landed 4 triples. Michelle really wasn't overmarked.

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  • April 16, 2012 at 3:48 am
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    Nikidinov and Corwin landed more triples than both Michelle and Nicole. While it isnt just about jumps the long program results should have been:

    1. Lipinski
    2. Nikidinov
    3. Bobek
    4. Kwan or Corwin

    Nikidinov would have come 2nd overall under these long program results and deservedly so. Bobek and Kwan were both overmarked comparatively, especialy Kwan. Kwan would have been 3rd overall even with a 4th or 5th in the long program.

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  • August 16, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    Wow her roller skating background definitely gives her an advantage over the other skaters of her time. Such a cutie!

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  • September 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm
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    This scoring was a mess. The judges got it so wrong that the crowd was openly booing? Good thing the winner skated well enough to leave no room for doubt. Well done, Tara!

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  • November 5, 2012 at 6:30 am
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    I think it's a bit odd to criticize Kwan for being upset after her free skate disaster, considering it was truly her first meltdown ever on the ice at a senior event. And let's remember, Kwan wasn't 23 at the time, she was a teenager (16), so give her a break. When Tara skated at the 96 Worlds and bombed the short, she admitted in a recent interview that she ran to the locker room and cried hysterically and was inconsolable. It's normal. But b/c Kwan did it, you must criticize it of course.

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  • November 5, 2012 at 6:34 am
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    One thing I noticed about Tara here is that her lutz jumps were actually not flutzed; they were truly off an outside edge (you can clearly see that on the second one at 3:53. I wonder why it changed the next year?

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  • April 17, 2013 at 11:22 am
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    The event judging was terrible. Kwan was ridiculously gifted, deserved 4th in the long program at best.

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  • April 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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    Who is Shelly? Never even heard of her.

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  • April 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm
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    馃檪

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  • July 15, 2013 at 12:11 am
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    At 1:43, Dick Button must've been psychic to say that. Or he must really know his stuff 馃檪 I jut love this performance.

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  • September 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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    Bezic was wrong. The music was from Much Ado about Nothing.

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  • November 6, 2013 at 5:43 am
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    if you look closely her edge changes to an inside right before the jump, it looks like an outside edge but an easily made mistake 馃檪

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  • November 28, 2013 at 1:57 am
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    People are ridiculous! lol, Michelle was disappointed and she handled it with class. She even said you have to learn defeat to get on the podium…well, take that haters, she won the next 8 in a row, lolol

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  • January 23, 2014 at 2:03 am
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    LOVE that roar from the audience when they saw she had won!

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  • January 23, 2014 at 2:08 am
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    Oh yeah….Kwan is really classy…even the audience booed and then since she didn't get the Gold she was all upset and wouldn't be interviewed…of course when the stage was all hers and she didn't have to contend with Tara and Nicole then she allowed herself to be interviewed….I don't know why people think of Kwan as classy after all she has pulled throughout her lllllllllllllooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnng 'career'….I take great comfort in knowing that unless a 'new' rule is made and the powers that be make an exception and give her Olympic Gold聽while she rests on her couches..that Michelle Kwan will NEVER wear Olympic Gold!!! Love Tara Lipinski…youngest National, World, and Olympic Champion ever and she earned every single moment in the spotlight and sun that she gets….what a wonderful awesome night for Tara….

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  • February 7, 2014 at 7:34 am
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    Go Tara!!! 聽I always loved the joy Tara and Sarah Hughes displayed when skating! 聽Good things happen to good people. 聽Both are class acts. 聽Tara looks great commentating at Sochi too.

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  • November 16, 2014 at 4:07 am
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    Do you hear how Kwan says she was defeated by the mind games and she "panicked in the middle of the performance." This is what I have said is the reason why Kwan did not attain Olympic Gold. A true champion does not panic when it counts. Michelle always panicked when it mattered. Girl was not Olympic-champion-focused; she was not Olympic Gold material, which is why she never won.

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  • November 16, 2014 at 4:18 am
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    Well, once Michelle got out of strictly-US competition and away from a judges' panel clearly controlled by the popularity clique, Michelle never really fared very well. That's b/c Michelle was mediocre, and聽in an international聽arena, away from her home-buds聽demanding control of the game, she got what she deserved – mediocre ratings.聽Skating is not about who is most popular. Michelle approached it like the bitches I remember in High School who thought they should just get everything b/c they had deemed themselves popular, and certainly not based on their looks. Those bitches fared as well out in the real world as Michelle did in the international world. You gotta have the goods to succeed. Popularity is just a bunch of hot air – smelly, fart-filled hot air. Michelle is just a big fat stinky fucking FART.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 12:38 am
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    I have to admit I was one of those stubbornly pro-Michelle Kwan fans for so long, but more and more as I look back on Tara's performances, she was phenomenal and deserved every win she got. She could have competed with the little stars Elena and Yulia today! I think it's interesting the paths MK career's took versus Tara's – both great in their own way – MK was always 'the diplomat' and is in politics – Tara was more about show business and is still entertaining today – I love her and Johnny Weir – she is so talented! I love her!

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  • December 5, 2014 at 12:45 am
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    and you know what? Michelle absolutely should not have declined an interview – that's ridiculous. I really do admire her but she had a few 'princessy' stages – including in 02 when she was always giving thumbs down and making faces in the k&c – I am sure she looks back and knows it now.聽

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  • April 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm
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    @Edna Red,
    Let's face it: if Michelle skated cleanly, Tara would NOT have won Olympic gold, a world title or a US title.

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  • April 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    @cheaklist,

    These are facts. Nice try on attempting to call me a bad loser though. Didn't work. As for Tara skating cleanly at 1997 Nationals, she wouldn't have won. Michelle was brilliant from a technical and artistic point of view. Tara is not known for her artistry. She's known for her JUMPS. She wasn't close to being a well rounded skater like Michelle was. Skating is a blend of athleticism and artistry and Tara is athletic. NOT artistic.

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  • April 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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    And you can find the 1997 Skate America competition on YouTube.

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  • April 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    My bad, I meant 1998 Nationals.

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  • May 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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    Tara is the youngest National Champion ever..enough said.

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  • September 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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    What is so telling here, in my opinion, is the little word her coach has with her right at the start that makes her laugh and go onto the ice with confidence. Clearly he has the ability to get his young skater into the right frame of mind, as well as treating her in an age-appropriate way. Great to see.

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  • July 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    i wish brock lesnar would f five tara lipinski for not being kenan thompson or lori beth denberg on figure it out because of the nwo wolfpack coming out to the wrong music after they were formed

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  • September 20, 2016 at 12:28 am
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    Tara was way better than Michelle Kwan ever was.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 12:01 am
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    1:00 Worst double axel in history belongs to Tara Lipinski. Cannot stand how the myriad of Russian youngsters are employing the same Tara's "technique" in their "2A". S:

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  • December 15, 2016 at 5:18 am
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    Hard to believe this is the same music Tonya Harding skated to, haha. Slight upgrade here. 馃檪 In fact, I think this is a better program than her Olympic one the next year.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 8:46 am
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    where are the ordinals. Did anyone have Kwan in first

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  • December 14, 2017 at 6:46 am
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    I love watching her because she had such joy and showed it when she skated.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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    Scores?

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  • February 10, 2018 at 1:29 am
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    LOL the big scrunchie on her head

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  • March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am
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    She is sooooo cute

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  • May 19, 2018 at 6:47 am
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    Dick Button LOL

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  • June 7, 2018 at 7:03 am
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    Michele Kwan walking around backstage with that stupid dot on her face

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  • August 31, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    Interviewer almost calls Tara Tonya lol

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  • September 24, 2018 at 7:08 am
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    Why is the quality so poor? Can't we get HD uploads?

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  • October 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    POOR SPORTSMANSHIP on Michelle Kwan鈥檚 part. Declining the post championship interview. That was the inclination of a poor loser. I so absolutely love Tara Lipinski, she鈥檚 so UNDERRATED and people seem to forget that she鈥檚 OLYMPIC CHAMPION. I wished I knew what Nicole Bobeck was doing these days. She had the talent to achieve greatness, but personal demons plagued her career

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  • December 14, 2018 at 7:37 pm
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    Her best performance

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  • February 6, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    How did Kwan end up in second with three falls? Do they not deduct for falls on non-obligatory jumps?

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  • March 5, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    This is when she peaked. By next year she could barely h8it her triple flip. It's probably why she quit after the Olympics. She wasn't getting any better.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    This is a MIRACLE CHILD !!! WONDER GIRL!!! SHE ALL EVERYTHING DOED PLAYERS AND ON CHILDREN "TAKE" SUCH COMPLEX JUMPING AND COMBINATIONS !!! IT IS A MASTERPIECE!!!馃尮

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  • July 22, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Were people booing her at the beginning?! 馃槰

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