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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir lead NBC Olympic primetime figure skating team

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will make their NBC Olympic primetime figure skating analyst debuts in PyeongChang.

Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion, and Weir, a two-time Olympian, will join longtime skating broadcast host Terry Gannon in the booth in February.

The trio teamed up for NBCSN figure skating coverage in Sochi, their first Olympics together.

They helped the network post the 10 best weekday daytime audiences in its history and were named NBC Sports’ lead figure skating team later in 2014. Gannon, Lipinski and Weir have also called U.S. and world championships and Grand Prix figure skating events the last three years.

The 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, an NBC Olympics figure skating analyst since 2002, leads the talent on “Olympic Ice,” a new, live, daily figure skating preview show on NBCSN.

Hamilton, a special contributor and analyst, will be joined by host Liam McHugh and analyst Tanith White, a 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist.

Andrea Joyce will reprise her role as a figure skating and short track speed skating reporter in PyeongChang.

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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir to appear on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night tonight

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They’ve both competed at the Olympics, but now a new kind of competition awaits Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir: Hollywood Game Night.

The show, which is hosted by Jane Lynch, features contestants and celebrities playing party games in pursuit of prizes, and the episode with Johnny and Tara will air tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 29) at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

A sneak peek at the upcoming episode is below and includes a few fun facts you might not have known about these two Olympians-turned-correspondents.

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Tara Lipinski reflects on winning 1997 U.S. title at age 14

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Tara Lipinski says she can remember everything about the 1997 U.S. Championships, when she became the youngest national champion at age 14.

The victory 20 years ago helped catapult her to become the youngest individual Winter Olympic champion of all time a year later.

“It changed my life in that moment [in 1997],” said Lipinski, now an NBC Olympics analyst. “That was when you talk about peaking at the right time. I knew when I stepped off the ice as a national champion, I can be Olympic champion.”

In 1996, Lipinski finished third at age 13 at the U.S. Championships behind Michelle Kwan, who won the first of her nine U.S. titles. Lipinski then struggled at the world championships, taking 15th, while Kwan won.

So Lipinski was certainly not the favorite going into the 1997 U.S. Championships in Nashville.

But she delivered an unforgettable performance, landing seven triple jumps in her free skate, including the first triple loop-triple loop combination, to surpass the short program leader Kwan, who fell twice in her free skate.

“I always got very nervous,” Lipinski said. “Now to be a broadcaster on live television, I always wonder, why do I pick these professions where there’s a lot of pressure? It’s because I love it, and I thrive under it. Looking back then, it was interesting to look back and remember how nervous I was and then that relief and that pure joy. Then realizing what happened in the next year, and how I was able to get to the point that I did still gives me chills. I have to sort of pinch myself.”

For perspective on how long ago that victory was, check out this story from the Chicago Tribune:

Within an hour of Tara Lipinski’s victory at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday night, a “media alert” was on the information table in the press room at the Nashville Arena to announce Lipinski’s site on the Internet.

“Visit America’s hottest sensation at `www.TaraLipinski.com’ ” said the press release from the skater’s agency, Edge Marketing. “Visitors can dive inside Tara’s life by checking out her biography, famiily life stories and other fun facts about Tara (i.e., which of Tara’s talents might pose a threat to Martha Stewart?).”

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