47 thoughts on “Tara Lipinski – 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ladies' Free Skate

  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Were people booing her at the beginning?! 馃槰

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Her best performance

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Why is the quality so poor? Can't we get HD uploads?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Interviewer almost calls Tara Tonya lol

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Michele Kwan walking around backstage with that stupid dot on her face

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    LOL the big scrunchie on her head

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Scores?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    I love watching her because she had such joy and showed it when she skated.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    where are the ordinals. Did anyone have Kwan in first

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Tara was way better than Michelle Kwan ever was.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Tara is the youngest National Champion ever..enough said.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    My bad, I meant 1998 Nationals.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    And you can find the 1997 Skate America competition on YouTube.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    LOVE that roar from the audience when they saw she had won!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Bezic was wrong. The music was from Much Ado about Nothing.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Who is Shelly? Never even heard of her.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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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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