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Tara Lipinski's Gold Medal Performance at 1998 Olympics

The Legendary Figure Skating Routine That Won Tara Lipinski Gold — and Beat Michelle Kwan

Don't know about you, but we're all psyched for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With superstars like Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon representing Team USA, we have high hopes that our country will take home many shiny medals this year.

As we're watching our favorite athletes battle it out on the ice, we're also thrilled to know that iconic American figure skater Tara Lipinski is one of the commentators who will be guiding us through each performance. Tara is more than familiar with what it's like to be on the ice, performing in front of millions of people around the world. She's lived it herself. If you've never seen her skate before, we've got just the performance for you.

In 1998, Tara (who was only 15 years old at the time!) was head to head with another American figure skating legend, Michelle Kwan. This is the performance that won her the gold medal. Although Michelle skated a nearly perfect routine, Tara's number set to "The Rainbow" was more technically difficult — and she nailed every single jump. Shortly after, she was standing up on the podium clutching the gold.


The best part of this video is that Tara herself, alongside legendary figure skater Johnny Weir, is commentating on the performance today, 20 years later. Tara says she still feels anxious watching this today. She said she was so nervous at the start of this routine that her legs were shaking!

It's hard not to well up with tears when you see the victorious emotion on Tara's face, especially around 4:14 in the video. That's when she nails a wildly difficult jump combination. Glorious! As much as we love Michelle, we couldn't have been happier for Tara and her big win.

Tune in on NBC to watch all the figure skaters from Team USA.

Image Source: Getty / David Madison
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