After taking several years off to essentially just live her life like the rest of us, Tara Lipinski realized she still felt drawn to the ice. That makes sense, as she had been calling ice rinks home since she was incredibly young. Knowing her skating days were behind her, Lipinski turned her sights onto another role: commentating. Cosmopolitan shares that in 2009, she rang up the team at IceNetwork and basically asked for a job; within three years, she was commentating for NBC Sports and NBC Universal.
Lipinski told Sports Illustrated that becoming a figure skating analyst was something she literally woke up one day and knew she had to do, despite the fact that, as she puts it, “You only have two people and they usually sit in those seats for a long time.” So she took the long road, and worked through the ranks at various networks until she found herself commentating the women’s event alongside NBC sportscaster Terry Gannon on the same day that fellow former figure skater Johnny Weir was commentating the men’s event with Gannon — and the pair realized they should work together.
And thus, a truly genius commentating team was born. They proposed their pairing to NBC, who gave them a trial. As Lipinski told GQ, that was all they needed. She said, “Within that next year we went to Sochi, and on air and off air we just started to bond.”