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Skater Starts Soap Stint

May 29, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tara Lipinski caught the world’s attention by snatching the gold medal for women’s figure skating at the Nagano Olympics.

Now the teen-ager is catching the attention of a different audience _ soap opera fans.

Lipinski will start a three-month stint next week playing Marnie, a feisty pre-med student, on her favorite CBS daytime drama, ``The Young and the Restless.″

``I accomplished my life goal, but now there are so many other things left,″ Lipinski told People Magazine in an interview published in its June 7 issue. Her episodes begin airing June 2.

Lipinksi won the gold in at the 1998 Winter Olympics and decided to turn pro instead of skating for a second gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

``Going pro means I can get off the ice and relax, meet friends, have a teen-age life,″ she said.

But Lipinski, who turns 17 in June, is not kissing the ice goodbye. She is still practicing turns and double-axels 10 hours a week to stay in shape for ``Stars on Ice,″ a 62-city skating tour this winter.

``I love skating, and I could never give it up,″ Lipinski said. ``But doing things like this on the side is fun.″

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