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LET HER EAT CAKE Posted on March 11, 2016
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THE JOHNNY AND TARA SHOW IS THE MAIN EVENT POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
SB Nation has written a great article on Tara and Johnny, but too long to post on the site in full. You can read it here.
10 REASONS WHY TARA AND JOHNNY'S RELATIONSHIP IS EVERYTHING POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
If you follow figure skating, you definitely know about the dynamic duo of Tara and Johnny. They commentate for NBC's coverage of figure skating and are always going to fun events around the world. They're hilarious and lovable, and everyone wants to be them. Here are 10 reasons why Tara and Johnny's relationship is everything.
1. They're always matching.
2. They always joke around with each other.
3. They have the best outfit combinations.
4. They were two of the best skaters in their time.
VIDEO: I LOVE MOVIES: TARA LIPINSKI - GONE WITH THE WIND POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
PHOTOS: FROST ICE LOFT POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
VIDEO: TODAY SHOW: JOHNNY WEIR & TARA LIPINSKI PREVIEW 2016 WORLDS LADIES' FREE SKATE POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
VIDEO: TARA LIPINSKI TALKS RIO OLYMPICS 2016 POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
"NBC Sports was on the “lawn” at the Four Seasons this year at SXSW. We chatted with gold medal winner, Tara Lipinski, about the stand-out athletes to watch at this year’s Olympics in Rio, Brazil!"
VIDEO: CHAMPIONS ON ICE IN BOSTON POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are in town to do commentary for NBC on the World Figure Skating Championships; they sat down with Sue O’Connell to discuss skating, competition, sexuality and more.
VIDEO: 10 QUICK QUESTIONS WITH TAARA LIPINSKI AND JOHNNY WEIR POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
TD Garden: It wouldn’t be Worlds 2016 without Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir! Watch their rapid fire Q&A from today at TD Garden.
VIDEO: JOHNNY WEIR, TARA LIPINSKI ALL BUSINESS AT WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
Figure-skating legends Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski joined NESN.com's Ashley Allen at Frost Ice Loft to discuss covering the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.
TARA LIPINSKI, JOHNNY WEIR NOW IN ICE SCULPTURE FORM POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
NBC Olympic figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were greeted at the World Championships in Boston on Thursday by … themselves.
Lipinski and Weir were made into an ice sculpture bust on display at the Boston bar Frost Ice Loft, which is maintained at a chilled 21 degrees.
The Frost Ice Loft bills itself as, “New England’s only permanent indoor bar designed and furnished entirely of ice.”
The Olympians unveiled the sculpture at an event on the second day of competition at the first Worlds in the U.S. since 2009.
NBC Sports coverage of Worlds continues Friday with the pairs short program and men’s free skate, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
HERE'S HOW TO GET YOUR BUTT IN SHAPE LIKE AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SKATER POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
It’s been quite a while since Tara Lipinski won a gold medal — almost 20 years — but the former Olympian is no less obsessed with her diet and fitness routine now than she was back when she was a competitive skater.
According to a recent interview with Elle, it appears Lipinski is all about promoting Gold Barre, a workout program constructed to give you that gold-medal body without actually lacing up a pair of skates.
Speaking on Gold Barre, the 33-year-old told Elle,
"I skated my whole life and had a training program laid out for me on a daily basis that kept me in shape. When that ended, I was always just looking for a workout that could keep the line in my body as strong as it did on the ice. You’re working the exact same muscles a skater does. You’ll definitely get a skater’s booty from this."
According to Elle, Lipinski works out roughly five days a week, doing barre and yoga and going for runs with her dog, Dublin.
In addition to her fitness routine, Lipinski is all about eating healthy and clean, which she says is quite an easy thing to do living in Santa Monica.
To start her day, Lipinski is into eggs, but she’ll occasionally go with bran cereal.
After that, one of Lipinski’s apparent go-to spots is Lemonade, a place that has a veggie bar with “10 different things, like broccoli, snow peas, chicken and beans.”
Another favorite of Lipinski’s is Tender Greens. But whether she eats out or cooks at home, she’s all about that salad game. Lipinski sticks to grilled chicken, grilled salmon, spinach and romaine. She’s also a big fan of sushi.
In terms of snacks, Lipinski favors smoothies, bananas and granola. But, don’t worry, she definitely isn’t above cheat days. We’re all human, right?
So, who’s ready to give the Lipinski lifestyle a try?
TARA LIPINSKI, JOHNNY WEIR BELIEVE HOME ICE COULD PROPEL U.S. SKATERS ONTO PODIUM POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir believe skating before a home crowd could help propel members of the United States team onto the podium at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships, which will be held at Boston’s TD Garden March 28-April 3.
“I think that a great advantage for the American team is that this championship is happening in the United States,” said Weir, who will share the NBC broadcast booth in Boston with Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic women’s champion. “We saw it in the 2002 Olympics, with how well the American team did. We saw it at the 2009 world championships in Los Angeles, where Evan Lysacek won kind of a blinding world title.
“Should one of these skaters, one of these ladies, really skate perfectly and blow the roof off the building, the judges will be hard-pressed to go against the wishes of a pro-American audience, and I think that can lead to surprises in all of the disciplines.”
Lipinski sees the United States women as contenders for podium placements. The three U.S. women competing will all contend to end the 10-year medal drought. Kimme Meissner was the last U.S. woman to win a medal at worlds or the Olympics, when she took the world title in 2006.
“I think the American ladies are strong,” she said. “Gracie (Gold) and Ashley (Wagner) have the technical content. They’re doing the triple-triples. Someone like Gracie, skating clean, skating lights out, adding the emotion, selling a program – I think a medal is not just a maybe. It should be hers to lose.
“Obviously the Russians are strong,” she added. “The Japanese are strong. So everyone is going to put out their best, and it sometimes comes down to making a mistake. At the same time, I think our American team has a chance to be on the podium.”
“I think mainly both Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold certainly have a chance to ignite the audience,” said Weir, a two-time Olympian and 2008 world bronze medalist. “People often forget that the judges are the first row of the audience, and if the audience is feeling it, the judges will feel it, and up go the presentation and artistic scores.”
However, the challenge in front of the U.S. team is a formidable one, compounded by what Lipinski sees as an unusually high level of skating two years away from the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“You hope that by the time you get to the Olympic year, skating is at its best,” she said. “We’re still quite a ways out from South Korea and the level that the skating is at now is just something that I’ve never really seen before. People are pushing the technical bar, and it’s just becoming more and more exciting.”
Both Lipinski and Weir believe the U.S. men face a significant challenge.
“It will be quite a distance to overcome,” said Weir. “If everyone skates their best, including the favorites – (Japan’s) Yuzuru Hanyu, (Canada’s) Patrick Chan, (Spain’s) Javier Fernandez, (China’s) Han Yan and Boyang Jin, (Japan’s) Shoma Uno, the list goes on and on. That really puts the United States men looking up at a top-10 finish almost as if it would be like winning a medal.”
Of the three men representing the United States, Lipinski looks to 2016 national champion Adam Rippon to carry the banner.
“I think Adam has the ability to hit that quad and blow the roof off,” she said. “When he does skate clean, he is electrifying, and, again, we’re in Boston, so this could be a great moment for him.
Another event that Weir suspects could be helped by the home ice advantage is ice dance.
“Should Maia and Alex Shibutani, with Boston roots and everything, really skate their amazing Coldplay free program, there could be an upset in dance,” he said. Boston is where Alex was born and where he and Maia earned their spot on the 2014 Olympic team with a bronze-medal finish at the U.S. championships.
While competing on home soil may give the American skaters a slight edge, it is no guarantee of a medal haul. At the 2009 worlds in Los Angeles, the last to be held in the United States, the U.S. team brought home two medals: Lysacek’s gold in men’s and a silver by Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto in ice dance.
TARA LIPINSI & JOHNNY WEIR READY FOR WORLDS AT GARDEN POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
Skating’s broadcast beauties, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, are ready to glide in to Boston to ?cover the World Figure Skating Championships for NBC next week and they said the U.S. skaters will be at their best performing before a raucous TD Garden crowd on home ice.
“Historically, the U.S. skating teams perform very well when they’re at home,” Weir said during a conference call with the media yesterday. “That makes it very exciting for the skaters to know that the World Championships are in Boston, where the audience will certainly look out for the skaters, and for us as commentators, having to scream over a very loud audience. ... It’s really exciting.”
Lipinski said the American skaters have been thinking about the competition all year long, wondering, “What if I got to Worlds and could skate on home ice in Boston?’’
The ice yakkers, who are retired from the competition circuit, have been covering figure skating for NBC since the network teamed them up for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. They were such a hit, they took the act on the road to do fashion policing at the Kentucky Derby, to roam the red carpet at the Academy Awards, and to report for the Super Bowl XLIX pregame show.
Weir, who is known for his outlandish outfits both on and off the ice, said he has something special picked out to wear for the prime-time broadcast of the Ladies Free Skate at 9 p.m., April 2, on NBC.
“You’d best believe I’m bringing my best to Boston. It’s the Worlds,” he joked. “We really want to entertain people, and the clothes are really the smallest part of what we do. But we like to draw attention to our sport and to the real talent inside it, even if it is through our fashion.”
Tara confessed that the two discuss their outfits “weeks in advance.”
“We text back and forth. We send pictures,” she said. “We do like to match here and there, and like Johnny said, it is skating’s biggest event of the year, so you have to come prepared. So definitely we have a good outfit in the bag for prime time.”
As for the competition itself, both Tara and Johnny think the American women have a chance against tough competition from Russia and Japan.
“I think that the American ladies are strong,” Lipinski said. “Gracie (Gold) ... Ashley (Wagner), they have the technical content. They’re doing the triple triples. Someone like Gracie, skating clean, skating lights out, adding the emotion, selling a program, I think a medal is not just a maybe, it should be. It’s hers to lose.”
Not to mention the home-ice advantage.
“People often forget that the judges are the first row of the audience,” Weir pointed out, “and if the audience is feeling it, the judges will feel it, and up go the presentation and artistic scores.”
Although the duo said they love Boston, they don’t expect to have much time to get out and enjoy the city while they are here.
“We really are there for work,” Weir said. “But I do love Boston. I definitely will take a minute when I can get it and run over to Alan Bilzerian on Newbury Street. It’s my favorite shop in Boston.”
NBC’s broadcast of the World Figure Skating Championships begins at noon, March 30, on NBCSN.
PHOTOS: SXSW OLYMPIC PANEL DISCUSSION POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
"Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski speaks at the exclusive Olympic Panel Discussion and Happy Hour at the NBC Sports Lawn at SXSW on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas."
PHOTO: GOOD DAY LA POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
A photo of Tara on Good Day LA has been added to the gallery.
TARA LIPINSKI & THE GOLD BARRE WORKOUT AT EQUINOX POSTED BY ANGIE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016
A new “spin” on barre. inspired by Olympic Gold Medalist, Tara Lipinski, you can now train like an
Olympic Ice Skater off the ice! Your strength, balance, power and endurance will be put to the ultimate test through a sequence of exercises that prepare you for the footwork, spins and jumps typically performed on the ice. Get ready to train like an athlete and get the booty, thighs and core of one too!
Utilizing yoga straps and gliding disks coupled with body weighted sequencing and explosive plyometrics primarily performed on a single leg, this workout is designed to deliver an intensity beyond what is typically experienced in a traditional barre class. The sequencing incorporates the graceful movement seen in an ice skaters performance and challenges the balance, flexibility, strength and endurance an Olympic skater is required to have in order to
execute intricate footwork and powerful jumps. It’s a functional workout that moves through all planes of motion
while incorporating an isometric focus that barre lovers will recognize and crave.
TARA LIPINSKI'S VISION
“Throughout my skating career I was exposed to endless fitness resources to stay in top shape to compete. When I transitioned from the ice to the broadcast booth my fitness routine took a serious hit. I began my search to find a workout that could mimic my competitive training routine and keep my body in the same shape. I went to just about every barre, spin or bootcamp class imaginable and I would walk away with bits and pieces from each class, but nothing compared to the workout I got on the ice. I strug gled to find that full body workout my body craved. I came up with the idea to design a barre class that could mimic figure skating moves and create the perfect workout. People are constantly chasing ‘the perfect booty’ and they will find it with this class. This
class will not only tone and lengthen muscles but will increase endurance and stamina as well.”
OLYMPIANS JOIN FIGHT FOR LA 2014 POSTED BY ANGIE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016
Swimmer Michael Phelps and tennis champion Andre Agassi are among the dozens of Olympic and Paralympic athletes that have joined the effort to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles, LA 2024 bid committee officials announced Tuesday.
Other big names who have signed on to advise on and promote Los Angeles’ Olympic bid include tennis star Venus Williams, track and field athletes Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, gymnast Nadia Comaneci, and winter Olympians like speedskater Apolo Ohno, snowboarder Amy Purdy and figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan.
The Olympians and Paralympians make up a 53-person Athletes’ Advisory Commission that will lead a series of town halls around the country to solicit feedback from fellow athletes. Its members have collectively won 216 medals in the Games, including 142 golds.
LA 2024 bid committee officials said more athletes will continue to be added to the commission, which was officially announced at the United States Olympic Committee media summit held in Beverly Hills Tuesday.
Janet Evans, the LA 2024 bid committee’s vice chair and director of athlete relations, said the commission “will be front and center as we create the most personalized experience ever for Olympians and Paralympians.”
Lewis, who has 10 Olympic medals, said being part of a commission that includes “legends” like Evans, runner Dawn Harper-Nelson and wheelchair and ski racer Candace Cable “is not only thrilling, it is humbling.”
“Every athlete on this stage knows that the real legacy of a Games is measured in the lives, dreams and aspirations of young athletes, long after the Games are over,” Lewis said. “This AAC will help LA 2024 create a Games concept that provides the perfect experience for athletes, and ultimately, we hope, helps the Olympic and Paralympic movement inspire a brand new generation of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.”
The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to select a host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics during a meeting in Lima, Peru in September 2017.
NBC SPORTS BRINGS IMMERSIVE FAN EXPERIENCE TO SXSW WITH THE NBC SPORTS LAWN POSTED BY ANGIE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016
What: NBC Sports is bringing the best in sports to Austin with the NBC Sports Lawn at SXSW – giving SXSW attendees a place to recharge with free beer, lawn games, charging stations, live sports and programming throughout the weekend. Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek into this year’s Rio Olympics coverage, with a discussion covering what it takes to cover, produce, market, and compete in the Games in the digital age. Additionally, visitors will receive behind-the-scenes access to NBCSN programming and have various opportunities to share the sports they love via social media.
Open daily at the Four Seasons from March 11 – 13, the NBC Sports Lawn at SXSW will feature Rio Olympic and NASCAR America discussions with NBC Sports executives and commentators; a Premier League watch party hosted by NBC Sports Premier League analyst and former MLS star Kyle Martino; and a $10,000 check presentation to the winner of CPTR’D – NBC Sports’ short-form video contest.
Most NBC Sports Lawn activities, including both discussions, will be streamed live on Periscope. Viewers can submit questions through NBC Sports’ Facebook (NBC Olympics and NASCAR on NBC) and Twitter (@NBCOlympics and @NASCARonNBC) accounts. Fans can also share their experiences and join the conversation by using #NBCSportsAtSXSW on social media.
Special programming and events include:
Rio Olympics Chat & Happy Hour (Friday, March 11; 6:00pm – 7:00pm CT): Celebrate the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics and with cocktails and conversation about what it takes to cover, produce, market, and compete in the Olympic Games in the digital age. The discussion will feature perspectives from NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell, NBC Olympics CMO John Miller, Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, and Golf Channel analyst David Feherty. NBC Sports’ Rob Simmelkjaer will moderate.
When: NBC Sports Lawn at SXSW is open daily:
Friday, March 11; 11:00am – 8:00pm
Where: Four Seasons Austin [off the San Jacinto Ballroom]
* Note: Only Tara's appearance informated is listed in the above article
VIDEO: REBOOT YOUR BODY: HEALTH SMART POSTED BY ANGIE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
"Are those New Year's resolutions already in need of a reboot? KTLA's 'Problem Solvers' wants to help! All week long we are turning to the experts to bring you tips and solutions so you can hit those goals to improve your body, your bank account, your job, or even your mind!
To start it all off, our Lu Parker is tackling those mundane workout routines with a little motivation from Olympic figure skater, Tara Lipinski."
PHOTOS: GOLD BARRE POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Photos of Tara at her Gold Barre class have been added to the gallery.
WE TRIED IT: A TARA LIPINSKI FIGURE SKATING-INSPIRED BARRE CLASS POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
What Is It: Gold Barre is a barre-based workout – taught at Equinox gyms nationwide – that focuses on the lower body and core. The moves are inspired by the routines of Olympic gold medal winning figure skater Tara Lipinski.
Who Tried It: Gabrielle Olya, PEOPLE writer and reporter
Level of Difficulty: 7 (on a scale from 1 to 10). If you’ve done a barre class before, you should be able to do most of the moves, but some of the movements unique to this class (especially the ones involving balance) were very challenging.
As a fan of Tara Lipinski growing up, I have to admit I was fangirling a little bit when I got the opportunity to work out with her and try out a class that she helped to create.
We started the workout on the barre, where we went through a challenging series of squats and leg lifts. We then moved to the center of the room, where we stepped on gliding discs to help mimic the feel of ice-skating. I had never used gliders before, so it was really fun for me to feel like I was on the ice in the middle of a barre studio!
The class then moved through a series of jumps and one-legged balancing exercises – which were really hard! Our instructor talked us through the moves as if we were doing our own on-ice routines, which gave the class a unique spin and made it more fun.
We finished the class doing core work on the floor, so by the end of the class my legs, butt and abs were all so sore!
“It’s light-hearted, as well as intense cardio,” Lipinski tells PEOPLE of the class. “You have the base of barre, which is the lengthening for long, lean muscles, but you also have more cardio, which targets endurance. Also, skaters use balance as a huge part of their spinning and jumping, so a lot of this class is that.”
Lipinski says she wanted to develop a class that targeted the small muscles in the glutes, hamstrings, calves and back that traditional barre classes sometimes miss.
“You can feel those muscles twitching [during the class], but then the next day I always feel these small muscles that are my balance muscles come alive again,” she says. “It really targets your booty! When I haven’t been working out and I go on the ice, I can’t walk the next day, and I find that that’s happening with the class – and that’s good!”
The Verdict: While I definitely am not as graceful as Tara Lipisnki, the class helped me channel my inner figure skater. It was a high-energy, heart rate raising class that definitely made me feel sore in all the right places.
FRIDAY FITNESS FIX: GOLD BARRE POSTED BY ANGIE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Barre classes are all about ballet, right? Wrong. The new Gold Barre class at Equinox is inspired by ice skating, with a program developed to mimic what a figure skater would do on the ice. If it sounds difficult it's because it is, but the results promise both strength and stamina.
Gold Barre has some heavyweight names behind it; along with Nicole De Anda, who heads up Barre at Equinox, and celebrity trainer Amy Dixon, the program is the brainchild of US figure skater Tara Lipinski, who won Olympic Gold in 1998 aged 15 - it's worth Googling her winning performance, although maybe wait until after your class.
The hour class starts with a warm-up at the barre in the light-filled Equinox yoga studio, which I would argue is one of the best in London with lovely views over Kensington rooftops. This part of the class involves some of the ballet moves that make up normal barre classes. We then moved to the centre of the room for lunges using gliding discs - flat pads, the size of a Frisbee - under one foot at a time. The focus on strengthening one leg really challenges your balance and core stability.
Then it's back to the barre to work on sit spins (when a skater crouches down with one leg extended out in front of them, and turns really fast). The moves were stationary (you don't actually spin), but these exercises were particularly hard - although thankfully much easier than on the ice. After spins, we returned to the floor for jumps to get our heart rates up and reach the fat burning zone, which a skater can achieve within just two laps of the rink.
To finish, we did some intense core and upper body work on the mat, again using the gliding discs to stretch out. By the end of the hour we hadn't expected to get so much of a sweat on, but the class is tough and a welcome change to the usual barre format.
Classes come as part of an Equinox membership at £186 per month; www.equinox.com.
VIDEO: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT - FULL EPISODE POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016
The full episode of Tara's appearance of 'Hollywood Game Night' is now available to watch online. The episode will only be available for the next several weeks.
PHOTOS: RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016
Photos from Tara attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular last December have been added to the gallery. Tara led the pre-skate warm-up, skated and met with guests, and spoke to attendees who weren't skating at The Sea Grill restaurant.