The tenacious Tara Lipinski remains one of the greatest competitors that the sport has ever seen. . Date at all? TL: No. No. No. Not at all. That is AJ: You've been skating with Evan Lysacek when you're in LA. How did that. Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski,. Sarah Hughes U.S. figure skater has won a medal, dating back to , when Dick . Evan Lysacek (1) on the Olympic stage — dating from the Salt Lake City Games, where via Kristi Yamaguchi and Tara Lipinski, Olympic gold medalists in and helped American Evan Lysacek to the men's Olympic gold in
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He is of Norwegian heritage,  and has a brother, Brian, who is four years younger. He taught himself how to jump on roller skates in his basement. His parents eventually bought him a pair of used figure skates, and he practiced on a frozen cornfield behind his family home. Although he began skating at the relatively late age of 12, Weir progressed quickly through the ranks. He performed an Axel jump after his first week of lessons.
He competed in pair skating with Jodi Rudden on the juvenile and intermediate levels, but gave it up to concentrate on single skating. Championshipshe literally hit the wall during his long program. He restarted the program, but immediately injured his knee on a failed triple axel landing.
This time he was too injured to restart, so he withdrew from the competition. He qualified for the U. Nationals by winning his regional and sectional championships.
He received the first 6. Championshipswinning the gold over Michael Weiss and Matthew Savoie. Championshipshe earned five 6. He came in seventh at Skate Canada after spraining his ankle on a jump landing at the start of the free skate and struggling through the rest of the program,  and third at Cup of Russia.
Championshipshe won his third consecutive title and, as the national champion, was automatically named to the U. Olympics and World teams.
However, Weir omitted some of his planned jumps in the free skate, and finished off of the podium in fifth place. ChampionshipsWeir was in second place after the short program, less than a point behind Evan Lysacek. In the free program, he was unable to complete his triple axel combination, fell on a triple loop and doubled several of his planned combinations.
He attempted a quadruple toe loop but it was heavily two-footed on the landing. Weir lost his national title and finished in third place. ChampionshipsWeir won the short program over Evan Lysacek by 1. Weir completed a slightly two-footed quadruple toe loop in his long program and scored more points on his jumps and in the program components than Lysacek but Lysacek scored more points for his spins and footwork.
Weir skated a short program that received a career-best score and put him in second place. I may be biased, but I feel like I was on the tour when it was the best it ever was. Did you go to Stars on Ice at all during your time away from the ice? I went once or twice. You were on tour as a teenager and doing endorsements and whatnot. Were you able to have a life?
That is part of the reason why I needed to take a break. My life was just as hectic as when I was competing, but I was just on tour.
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What jumps were you able to do at the end of your time on Stars? I was nuts and did 13 triples a night my first two years on tour. I was in so much pain before hip surgery and it would flare up. My jumps actually got bigger and stronger after hip surgery. I look to Kurt Browning as the ultimate performer.
I decided to just do triple toe and triple salchow to avoid reinjuring it. What are you able to do on the ice now?
I really thought I would have to relearn everything after being off the ice for about five or six years. I was back on the ice the first day and wanted to jump. I thought it would probably feel weird. Have you done any triples? I did a triple toe after I got back from the tribute show in December. I did do one. How did that happen? Our paths kept crossing and he is such a great guy. He works so hard, so incredibly hard. Who works harder, you or Evan?
I felt like I knew Evan would win the Olympics because of the training he did. I think that is what makes the difference. There are chapters in books devoted to your training sessions.
What was your training really like? How many programs and jumps were you actually doing a day? My training was the same in September that it was in December. I always did a short program during my first session, a long during the second, back-to-back longs during the third and a short during the fourth. I don't know how Mr.
Callaghan really felt about that, but that was just me. I always trained with a quiet intensity, but I was so emotional. Every day at the rink was a soap opera. I always loved to compete, but the practice really was always exciting. I always needed to be the first person on the ice after the warm up and it got me prepared for competition.
Was roller skating just as intense for you? When I did roller skating, it was a social thing. It was about friends and Christmas shows. Was roller skating the reason for your incredible triple loop? So many American figure skaters struggle with triple loops, but it was such a good jump for you.
The triple loop is so hard, but it is all in the take off. Have you always been incredibly focused? I always ate dinner with my parents at competitions. You first landed on the scene at the Olympic Festival. How did your life change after that? I was still skating at the Galleria at that time. I came home from the Olympic Festival and forgot how to do a triple loop for a good six weeks.
How did the sports psychologist help you?
I believe that certain people are born competitors. I had to learn how to do that and how to train my brain to go into that extra space. There is a certain feeling. I definitely wanted to win, but I was always okay as long as I did my best. I always had to skate a clean program. I would say I was content with how I did. Did you have media training to learn how to say that? Oh, I was totally lying! I never had media training, which is probably why there are so many crazy things out there.
The triple flip was really my weapon in the short program since so many girls were just doing triple toes. Callaghan and I discussed whether or not to take the extra risk and we decided that the triple flip was enough. Did you know that the third spot on the World Team was potentially open?
As a skater, you know what is possible. I had really improved in a short amount of time. After the short, I really wanted to show everyone what I was capable of. It was definitely a surprise to be on the World Team and going to Worlds that first year. You had quite the memorable first trip to Worlds.
Was the entire experience overwhelming for you? This is what happened: Qualifying was amazing and I finished second. Midori Ito, whom I love, skated before me and missed her triple axel. If you watch my triple lutz, it was fine. I had extra juice and never got to the toe on my loop takeoff.
After that, I was in panic mode and missed the flip. I skated in the long program group with Mexico and the African Nations. It was a disaster, but I really learned a giant lesson.
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What happened after your short program? I was hysterical and locked myself in a broom closet. Callaghan was always so calm, but I really needed my mom. Callaghan is known for being intense, but I was ten times as intense.
I was super-emotional, really upset and just embarrassed. It was a disaster. I had a practice that night and remember sitting with my mom and feeling a change come over me. I became super angry and went out and had the best practice.
I knew I was going to do well in the long. From then on, I realized that I skated my best when I got angry. You performed with Champions on Ice after the World Championships. Did it help you as a competitor?
Touring is different for everyone, but I did six triples every night. It was almost like preparing for competition because you do the same thing every night. It really helps with the nerves.