Tara Lipinski grew to become a family title in 1998 when she grew to become the youngest Olympic gold medalist within the historical past of determine skating. However that early success by no means zapped her of motivation.
As an alternative, Lipinski discovered success after the Olympics skating professionally on tour and is at the moment a determine skating analyst for NBC Sports activities. Even after getting off the ice for the final time, the identical elements that drove her to reach determine skating have helped her in her skilled profession, Lipinski tells CNBC Make It.
“I am aggressive. There’s actually no manner round that,” Lipinski says. “I prefer to succeed and I prefer to determine issues out. I discover that if you do — even when it isn’t at all times successful — the method of getting there’s thrilling and also you by no means know what is going on to occur.”
The 39-year-old says she likes to “choose unimaginable issues to do” and see if she will be able to accomplish them. She additionally likes to have an inner “competitors” between herself and her aim.
“I do not assume that I may get up and simply be glad with out having one thing to work towards,” she says. “It is enjoyable, even when it does not at all times go your manner.”
Lipinski says she determined she needed to be a commentator within the late 2000s whereas watching the world championships on TV, understanding full nicely that there have been different commentators like Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton who had been already established “of their positions for 20-plus years.”
However she went for it anyway. “Why I ever thought that this was one thing that was going to be my subsequent aim is past me,” she says. “I knew very nicely that this may occasionally not occur. However I have been commentating since 2009, 2010.
“You’re employed onerous at [something] and also you see the place it goes.”