Edit ModuleShow Tags

Tara Lipinski Goes Skating By the Sea

The Olympic gold medalist laces up her skates for a one-hour session at Hotel del Coronado’s Skating by the Sea this weekend only


Published:

 

All it took was a Care Bear to get Tara Lipinski to put on a pair of skates for the first time. Her mom saw an ad in the local newspaper for a roller-skating lesson that came with one of the free plush animals. And this Saturday, all it’s going to take is the Olympic gold medalist herself to get up to 50 tykes on the ice with her at Hotel Del Coronado’s Skate by the Sea with Tara Lipinski.

As part of the hotel's 130th anniversary celebration, kids have the opportunity to glide, skim, and slide over the ice alongside the famous figure skater at the Del's Skating by the Sea rink from 4 to 5 p.m.  on December 15. Tickets start at $150 and include hot chocolate and cookies, plus a photo op with Lipinski, who’s also curating a holiday Spotify playlist for the event, meant to invoke nostalgia in adults, her youthful skating companions, and even her, too.

“I love all Christmas songs, but ‘Santa Baby’ is my favorite,” she says. “I skated to it as a little girl, so many times as a competitor and during Christmas shows.”

After that first lap around the roller rink when she was six, Lipinski says she had “dreamt of becoming an Olympian and the possibility of ever standing on top of a podium. I looked up to so many skaters that were there before me.”

Less than a decade later, she was standing up on the top box at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, making history as the youngest gold medalist ever in figure skating.

She has since hung up her competitive blades to instead embrace her sport as so many of us do—a holiday tradition—and for a second career in broadcasting, often with her notable sidekick Johnny Weir. 

“I could have gone an easier route instead of live television, but there must be something in me that loves that high you get from the nerves and pressure,” she says. “I grew up competing and getting nervous on a regular basis, and I feel like I’ve always learned how to use it to my advantage.”

Which means her visit to the Del will be all fun and games, even being surrounded tons of kids.

“The more the merrier,” she says. “It warms my heart to see people skating.”

As for skating by a beach? That’s a scene that’s even Lipinski says is hard to beat.

“The setting is what I’m most looking forward to. I love the Del, it’s so beautiful,” she says. She also says that an ice rink can boost everyone’s holiday spirit, which she jests, “California sometimes needs with all the palm trees!”


Skate by the Sea with Tara Lipinski
December 15
Hotel Del Coronado

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Experience Estancia’s newly revamped restaurant as an Insider

Toast the new Mustangs & Burros with craft cocktails and charcuterie

Your Restaurant Promiscuity Is Out of Control

How social media is making, and breaking, our neighborhood restaurants

Save the Date: San Diego’s First Bartender Shakedown

On March 2, twenty-one of the region’s best bars will be serving drinks under one roof
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Sony Consumer Electronics Innovator Builds a Future Where Robotics and Connected Devices Prevail

Robust music and pictures ecosystem bring bespoke experience to TV and audio

Live the Dream with the Dream House Raffle

A multimillion-dollar dream home, fabulous trips, luxury cars, and more could be yours
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. Behind the Brands 2019
  3. Puesto's Next Top Taco
    Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize
  4. San Diego Date Ideas Every Couple Will Love
    95 ways to explore the city with your partner—beyond just dinner and drinks!
  5. Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 100 San Diego Gifts
    Six local tastemakers share what they're gifting this season, plus editors' picks
  6. Things to Do In San Diego: January 21-27
    Fourteen events this week that you don't want to miss
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module