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Raised in Sugarland, Texas, Tara Lipinski first attracted international attention when, at the age of 13, she qualified for the United States team at the 1996 world championships...She placed 15th, but the following year she caused a sensation when she finished first and became the youngest world champion in figure skating history.

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Still, when the 1998 Olympic Games came around, Lipinski was picked for the silver medal behind Michelle Kwan. Kwan led after the short programme, but Lipinski's exuberant long programme won her the first place votes of six of the nine judges and she edged ahead to take the gold medal. At the age of 15 years and 255 days, Lipinski became the youngest winner of an individual event in the history of the Winter Games, beating Sonja Henie's 70-year-old record by two months.

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Tara Lipinski’s History-Making Performance | Impossible Moments

At age 15 in Nagano, the American figure skater became the youngest winner of an individual event in Winter Olympic history.
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Tara Lipinski on Zagitova: "She's just this little dynamite out there."

The Nagano '98 champion praises the impressive performance of 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, who clinched gold at PyeongChang.
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The Inside Track with Tara Lipinski

The youngest Olympic gold medallist in the individual ladies' singles event describes her sensational gold medal in Nagano ´98.
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Figure skating superfan Molly Yeh interviews Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir

Dreams really do come true! Food blogger Molly Yeh talks travel snacks, celebration meals and more with Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
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Tara Lipinski of the USA reacts as her scores flash on the screen during the free skate competition at White Ring Arena during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Lipinski won the gold medal in the event.
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Tara Lipinski - 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan

Tara Lipinski of the USA reacts as her scores flash on the screen during the free skate competition at White Ring Arena during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Lipinski won the gold medal in the event.
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Tara Lipinski - Youngest Winter Winner of an Individual Event

Raised in Sugarland, Texas, Tara Lipinski first attracted international attention when, at the age of 13, she qualified for the United States team at the 1996 world championships. She placed 15th, but the following year she caused a sensation when she finished first and became the youngest world champion in figure skating history.
 
Still, when the 1998 Olympic Games came around, Lipinski was picked for the silver medal behind Michelle Kwan. Kwan led after the short programme, but Lipinski's exuberant long programme won her the first place votes of six of the nine judges and she edged ahead to take the gold medal. At the age of 15 years and 255 days, Lipinski became the youngest winner of an individual event in the history of the Winter Games, beating Sonja Henie's 70-year-old record by two months.

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