Meet Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, Olympic Analysts With Style | NYT – Winter Olympics

Meet Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, Olympic Analysts With Style | NYT – Winter Olympics


For this Olympics, we
have 21 total suitcases. They’re all the size
of Ford Focuses. Small trucks. Small trucks. Because we want to
make sure that we’re prepared for anything. I mean, what if we get
sent to the mountains? We’ve got to have
a boot for that. What if we’re doing a solid
interview with the president of somewhere? We have to have a
brooch for that. I feel like, when you’re
competing at the Olympics, the costume that you wear has
to portray not only the music and the story of
your choreography but also who you are as a
person, what you’re all about, what you feel beautiful in. And of course, it has to
stretch and move with you. I loved getting
into the character of whatever I was skating to. So I skated attached to
Anastasia, for example, for my Olympic short program. And I tried to copy her dress
as much as I could, just so you feel like, when you
step on the ice, this is a representation
of your entire performance. [music] Probably at 13 or
14, I really didn’t know what my style would be. It was mainly whatever
I wanted to wear. When I was a teenager, my
style was very pop princess. I was very into the Christina
Aguileras and ‘N Syncs of the world. My style was definitely
a work in progress. Yeah. Mine was too. I feel like I’m thinking
back to — remember when Uggs with, like,
the jean skirt was in? Were you still a
teenager for that? Yeah. I was. That wasn’t our time. Yeah. You’ve got to know
your face and your body and your style and your vibe. And I rocked those bangs. And I was full. And my mom cut them with
the Conair curling iron. Remember where
you used to just — Those were around
the world bangs. Yep. I feel like I credit my parents
to keeping me very grounded and down to earth
and never feeling like I should be
anything but who I was. I grew up lower middle class
in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania. And my parents were both very
different from their families. And they always talked
about the importance of being who you are,
and if you are different, celebrating that and being
as special as you can be, because coming from a town like
I did, everyone’s the same. It’s 99.9% white Christians
who may or may not have had a close run in with a
cow at one point in their life. And that’s where I come from. So my mom was like,
Johnny, go be special. Go do you. So when I’m choosing the things
I wear or the things I say, it all really does
come from the heart, because that’s all I know. I don’t know how
to create an image. I don’t know how
to be premeditated. And I don’t know
how or understand why anybody would
want to lie just for the sake of people thinking
better or worse of them. I’m going to be who I am
from the time I wake up to the time I go
to bed until I die. And there’s nothing that’s
going to change that. We like to provide our
viewers with an atmosphere. It isn’t just, these are
the people that are talking, and these are the
people that are skating. Why not start off a show and
get people ready for what they’re going to see? We are Olympians. So every Olympic cycle,
we start training as soon as the Olympics are over. So as soon as we get
the go-ahead and the O.K. that we’re going
to work in Beijing, we’re going to be preparing.

17 Replies to “Meet Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, Olympic Analysts With Style | NYT – Winter Olympics”

  1. Wikileaks has published an e-mail apparently showing that the New York Times was providing the State Department – and Hillary Clinton – with advanced warnings about potentially damaging stories.

  2. Johnny Weir's a great skater, but sucks at commenting. Both of them seem to have gotten affirmative action to get in. I dont mind gays or other women narrating, but they have to do a good job.

    By refusing to find qualified "minorities", NBC displayed a sickening bigotry of low expectations…as if we we're downs syndrome kids that everyone's giving a chance just to be inclusive. It would be better to have all straight white men, then exceptions who should have been kicked out on the first audition.

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