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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.
THIS EQUINOX CLASS TAKES BARRE IN AN EXCITING NEW DIRECTION POSTED BY ANGIE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016
When I was growing up, the highlight of the winter Olympics was always the figure skating. I loved the music, the costumes, the grace, and, of course, the gravity-defying jumps, which I would "practice" in socks and a nightgown on my living room rug. Sure, it wasn't quite the same thing as being on ice, but in my mind I was completing a flawless triple Salchow that would bring the crowd to their feet.
I never found much personal success in the rink, but I still find watching Olympic performances magical. I've come to respect skaters not only for their beautiful, balletic movements, but also for their strength and endurance as they jump, spin, and glide through their four-minute long programs. (P.S. Figure skating is one of the winter sports that torches the most calories.)
Figure skating has long been a sport that's hard to access as a beginner, especially when you're an adult. You might get on the rink once or twice a year around the holidays, but that's probably about it. It's not like cyclists who can get their fix at spin, ballerina lovers who can head to barre, or Missy Franklin fans who can hit the pool.
But that's about to change, thanks to none other than Tara Lipinski, who stunned the world when she won Olympic gold in ladies' skating singles at 15 years old during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. This past month, Lipinski launched Gold Barre at Equinox, a class that brings elements of an on-ice figure skating routine to the studio.
After she went pro, Lipinski spent years switching from one workout fad to another, constantly searching for something that reflected the challenges of her Olympics training. Barre finally felt like a better fit. (Try our At-Home Barre Workout.)
"It was the first time that I really noticed results, but I felt that there were still things you get on ice that you don't get in a normal barre class," Lipinski says. "Barre is great at targeting small muscles, but I wasn't getting a full cardio workout."
The Olympian approached Equinox with the idea for an ice skating-inspired barre class. The result of those conversations is a 45- to 55-minute class that mimics the sequencing of a skating routine.
First up is a twelve-minute warmup at the barre where you'll do a series of graceful, dynamic moves. Then it's time to hit the ice, so to speak. Everyone goes to the center of the room, takes a pair of gliding discs, and goes through a series of stroking and footwork exercises. That's followed by spins at the barre (you wrap a yoga strap around the barre for help with balance), a jumping sequence in the center of the room, a brief thirty seconds of active recovery, and a final jumping sequence.
"By the time a skater gets to her first jump in her program, her legs are already fatigued," says Nicole De Anda, Equinox's National Barre Manager. "That's what we designed this program to feel like. After all of the warmup, the stroking, and the footwork, when you finally get to the jumping sequence, your legs are tired."
That's what makes a skating-inspired barre class the ultimate workout. While traditional barre classes focus primarily on strength, Gold Barre's skating elements challenge your cardiovascular and muscular endurance, De Anda says.
Your butt will thank you for it.
"Compare a ballerina's booty to an ice skater's booty," De Anda says. "This class gives you an ice skater's booty, which is still strong and toned, just like a ballerina's, but has more curviness." (You should still try the The Butt Workout a Professional Ballerina Swears By)
Adds Lipinski, "Skaters are definitely known for that and I never thought twice about it, but when I get on the ice now my glutes are definitely burning."
Don't expect your traditional barre soundtrack, either. Gold Barre is set to instrumental music, the kind that would accompany a skater in her routine, but with undertones of EDM and hip-hop to give it an edge.
The class launched first at select Equinox locations in California and will be followed by locations in New York City, Boston, and more beginning in April.
While, I may never get to the Olympics, at least now I have a place to get my fill of spins and jumps. Join me on the "ice"?
VIDEO CLIP: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
Watch a preview from Tara's newest episode of 'Hollywood Game Night' below. Tara's episode airs on Tuesday, February 2 at 8PM on NBC.
VIDEOS: 2016 U.S. NATIONALS PREVIEW POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
PHOTOS: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
Photos from Tara's apperance on season 4 of 'Hollywood Game Night' have been added to the gallery. This was Tara's second appearance on the game show.
VIDEO: 'WORST CASE SENARIO' POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
VIDEO: INSIDE THE EDGE: ADAM RIPPON JOINS TARA AND JOHNNY POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
"Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir sit down to talk to Adam Rippon about one important factor in skating--the hair. Rippon explains why he opted for edgy colors at the beginning of the season and his current demure style."
VIDEO: INSIDE THE EDGE: TARA AND JOHNNY'S BACKSTAGE TOUR POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
"Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski give viewers a sneak peak of all of the backstage areas at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships."
VIDEO: INSIDE THE EDGE: JOHNNY WEIR, TARA LIPINSKI AND MERYL DAVIS WATCH PRACTICE POSTED BY ANGIE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
"Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir catchup with Meryl Davis to take a look at the on-ice dance practice and learn about Davis' own warm-up routines with Charlie White."
VIDEO: TARA LIPINSKI AND JOHNNY WEIR BRING FASHION FLAIR POSTED BY ANGIE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016
"Champion skaters and current figure skating analysts Lipinski and Weir talk about what they like about Minnesotans and who to watch in U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the X."
VIDEO: FIGURE SKATING CHAPMIONSHIPS TAKE XCEL ICE POSTED BY ANGIE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016
"Bill Hudson chats with figure skating greats Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the Xcel Energy Center (2:38). WCCO 4 News At 6 – January 21, 2016"
FIGURE SKATING CHAPMIONSHIPS TAKE XCEL ICE POSTED BY ANGIE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The best figure skaters in the country are lacing up in St. Paul where the competition to crown champions in men’s, ladies, pairs and dance is underway.
It’s a sport with a long tradition in Minnesota – and a rich history of figure skating competitors, clubs and promoters.
Who knows better what that means than a former U.S champion and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and her colleague, three-time National champion Johnny Weir.
Minnesotans have embraced figure skating since pioneers took to frozen ponds. It’s a rich history that’s reached a much higher level.
“We’ve been in their skates, if you will, and we know what’s on the line and how much pressure it is,” Lipinski said.
The 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist and former U.S. Champion Johnny Weir agree, that few athletes feel the intense level of pressure that figure skaters do.
“It’s all or nothing,” Weir said. “We have six minutes to show judges that we deserve to go further in our career.”
That’s exactly what the singles skaters, pairs and dance teams are striving for over the next few days in St. Paul. All eyes, both in the crowd and on television, will be watching their artistry, athleticism and technical perfection.
“And to be one of those two or three skaters or teams to make the World or Olympic team, it takes everything you your family and coaches have,” Weir said.
“It’s the emotion,” one mother of a competing pairs skater said.
Sherry and Steve Sidhu are in town from Las Vegas to watch the pairs competition. They are hopeful that their son Zack and his partner, Jessica Calalang, can win it all.
“They work all year and train for the two, 3 to 5 minute programs that culminates a year of training,” Steve Sidhu said.
Tara and Johnny know that arduous routine all too well, but add that the true award in figure skating, lasts far beyond the rink.
“You realize how much you love the sport and how much passion there really is,” Lipinski said. “And when you move on in life, it’s easier to tact to where you want to go and how to approach that.”
For the Senior level ladies skaters, Tara and Johnny say it’s likely going to come down to a battle between Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold. Both skaters have won the national title before and each wants to do so again.
On the men’s side, they say to watch for Max Aaron, Adam Rippon and the dark horse skater, Nathan Chen to come out at or near the top.
U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S PREVIEW POSTED BY ANGIE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships include zero men’s singles Olympians for the first time since 1968, providing opportunity for breakthroughs this weekend.
The field is without these skaters:
Jeremy Abbott, two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. champion (taking the season off) Jason Brown, Sochi Olympian and 2015 U.S. champion (back injury) Joshua Farris, 2015 U.S. bronze medalist (concussion)
“Hope is bubbling up,” 1998 Olympic champion and NBC Sports analyst Tara Lipinski said. “Every skater is thinking, I have a shot now. … This is going to be the most wide-open men’s event that I’ve seen in a long time.”
Icenetwork.com will stream the short program from St. Paul, Minn., on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will air the free skate during coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.
The winner Sunday will earn a place in the World Championships in Boston in two months.
The other two Worlds team spots could go to the silver and bronze medalists, but a U.S. Figure Skating committee will make the final decision. Brown could also petition for a spot on the team, complicating the selection process.
Here’s a look at men’s skaters to watch:
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Credentials: 2013 U.S. champion; 2015 Skate America champion
Aaron is the favorite not only because he is the only past national champion in the field, but also because he won Skate America in October, becoming the first U.S. man since 2011 to take a Grand Prix title. However, Aaron was seventh in the short program in his last Grand Prix skate on Nov. 13, at Trophée Bompard in France before the free skate was canceled due to the Paris attacks.
Lipinski’s Take: “He’s the most prepared we’ve ever seen him. He’s always been athletic. He’s always had the quads, but he’s focusing so much on the artistic side, adding in that grace, which he needed … Skate America blew me away. He’s changed people’s minds with that performance.”
Hometown: Los Angeles
Credentials: 2012, ’15 U.S. silver medalist
Rippon, like friend and training partner Ashley Wagner, has questioned his place and future in the sport during ups and downs the last few years. The 2008 and 2009 World junior champion was eighth at the 2014 U.S. Championships but returned to the podium last year, which he described as a “scenic reborn.” He placed fourth in his two Grand Prix skates this season, with a best score 10.32 points shy of Aaron’s total at Skate America.
“When I was younger, I kind of felt the weight of the world,” Rippon said last week. “I came up in a time when it was [2010 Olympians] Johnny [Weir] and Evan [Lysacek] and Jeremy [Abbott]. I felt like the fourth or sometimes fifth wheel. … When Johnny and Evan retired, I kind of felt like it was my chance to push through. I put so much pressure on myself. … When it came down to it, and I was trying to get that Olympic spot, I put all those pressures on myself again.”
Lipinski’s Take: “Adam you can never count out. He has a quad Lutz in his repertoire. Who does a quad Lutz? If he skates clean, Max better watch out.”
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Credentials: 2014 U.S. junior champion; 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final champion
Chen came to the 2015 U.S. Championships as arguably the most intriguing skater, looking to become the youngest men’s medalist since 1973. He finished eighth but was dealing with back and heel injuries, according to International Figure Skating magazine.
Chen looks healthier this season after winning the Junior Grand Prix Final in December, attempting three quads in his free skate (falling on one and crashing on a triple Axel). Three men in this year’s field finished higher than Chen at last year’s Nationals.
Lipinski’s Take: “He’s still my dark horse. Undefeated all season. He may add four quads into his free skate.”