Tara Lipinski won a figure skating gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. She is in Omaha for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
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Q: What have you been up to since your success as a teenager?
A: I turned pro or I retired at a young age from competing, 15 (when she won Olympic gold), so I went on and did some professional skating, which was really great and taught me so many things. I toured with “Stars on Ice” for a while and professionally competed. Then I took a little break and wanted to get back into sports in a different way and started commentating a little bit and get in on the broadcasting side of things.
Q: You were a childhood figure skating star. Do you think you understood how significant you were to the sport at the time?
A: It's really strange to look back on. As I get older, I appreciate it more and more — not that I didn't at the time because it was an incredible experience and everything I wanted and wished for. It's a great memory that sort of lives on.
Q: You had a couple stints in acting. What was that like?
A: It's fun. What's so great about what I did is that it opened up a lot of doors and gave me a lot of fun opportunities to go out and try new things and see what I wanted to do. It was fun. Skating seems to be the thing that sticks, though.
— Josh Frigerio
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