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.''