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    Lipnitskaia or Lipinski ?

    very conflicting news
    some say Tara is the youngest while other articles site Julia as the youngest

    can anyone clear this out

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    Julia is the youngest Olympian to win a medal but some places might not be counting it since it was in the team event.

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    In the individual FS events, Tara is the youngest.

    When the Team event is taken into consideration, Julia is the youngest. Since the ladies event takes place a week after the Team event, it will make Julia older than Tara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    Julia is the youngest Olympian to win a medal but some places might not be counting it since it was in the team event.
    The commentators said a pair skater was younger than her. She is the youngest singles skater.


    For the records:
    Kim Yun-mi is the youngest Winter Olympian to win Gold. (13 years- can't find days)
    Marjorie Gestring is the youngest Olympian to win Gold. (13 years 268 days)
    Maxi Herber is the youngest skater to win Gold (15 years, 158 days)
    Julia Lipnitskaya is the youngest singles skater to win Gold.
    Tara Lipinksi is the youngest singles skater to win Gold in an individual event. (15 years 257 days)


    Edit- I've found a few sites that say Kim Yun-mi was 13 years and 38 days, so that would make her younger than Marjorie Gestring, but most websites seem to list Gestring as youngest ever. (Another fun fact: Donna Elizabeth de Varona was 13 and 129 days when she won gold; apparently she doesn't "count" to most ranking lists since she only swam in the preliminaries and did not compete for the Gold. She still got a medal though.)
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    You just knew that Julia was going to be good with a name that is a combination of Tara and Irina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    In the individual FS events, Tara is the youngest.

    When the Team event is taken into consideration, Julia is the youngest. Since the ladies event takes place a week after the Team event, it will make Julia older than Tara.
    but considering their age Julia was born June 5 and Tara June 10
    wouldn't Tara be the youngest or does the date when the event was held used as the basis ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    but considering their age Julia was born June 5 and Tara June 10
    wouldn't Tara be the youngest or does the date when the event was held used as the basis ?
    It depends on the date of the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    but considering their age Julia was born June 5 and Tara June 10
    wouldn't Tara be the youngest or does the date when the event was held used as the basis ?
    It's the date of the event.

    On another note, it's amazing that their birthdays are so close to one another, both were 15 in their first Olympics, both last names begin with 'Lip', both have small double axels, and both dreamed of becoming Olympic champions since they were very very young.

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    Team event is a real gold medal just like the individual. Julia is now the youngest ever ladies singles skater to win an Olympic Gold, not Tara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuzytalent View Post
    Team event is a real gold medal just like the individual. Julia is now the youngest ever ladies singles skater to win an Olympic Gold, not Tara.
    Julia has not yet won the Ladies OGM; she has won the Team OGM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Julia has not yet won the Ladies OGM; she has won the Team OGM.
    Even as a member of the team, she was a ladies singles skater. So she is the youngest ladies single skater to win an Olympic gold. What she is not is the youngest ladies single skater to win an individual medal.

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    Well to me it is equal value to an individual gold. When Phelps chases Spitz's records nobody talked about him chasing Spitz's 4 individual golds, just the 7 golds. If someone comes and wins 6 individual golds which is more than Phelps or Spitz in one Olympics, but no relay medaqls, it will be considered inferior to Phelps and Spitz still. I am sure the Russians all feel like real Olympic Champions, even the ones with no chance of individual gold at these Games (which is everyone on the team other than V&T, Julia, and maybe Plushenko) and Plushenko feels like has just won his 2nd OGM as if it were an individual.

    So for me Julia is the youngest ladies single to win OGM now, not Tara.

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    For the love of the Lips! I can't believe that my old 'Lip-Lip' cheer for Tara in 1998 has been dusted off for use 16 years later.

    Both are great. I don't care which is younger. Each has achieved a record for the books.
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    If Julia did go on to win individual Olympic gold, Tara would only have that record by 3 days - at that point you'd have to start comparing who spent longer in utero to really know who was the youngest

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    very conflicting news
    some say Tara is the youngest while other articles site Julia as the youngest

    can anyone clear this out
    Julia is youngest ladies skater, Tara is youngest individual ladies skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuzytalent View Post

    So for me Julia is the youngest ladies single to win OGM now, not Tara.
    If Julia was the youngest person to eat an apple, and Tara was the youngest to eat an orange, you might have more clarity. These are two different events. Tara is still the youngest to win and OGM in Ladies Figure Skating.

    But, you should enjoy your interpretation.
    DH - and that's just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    both dreamed of becoming Olympic champions since they were very very young.
    Doesn't every skater dream of that?

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    Didn't they put the age restriction into place after Nagano, so skaters wouldn't be competing in the "big" events that young anymore? Pretty ironic, that not only is there a skater younger than Tara (even if only by a few days) who now won gold but there's also a second fifteen year old going to compete in the Ladies event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    You just knew that Julia was going to be good with a name that is a combination of Tara and Irina.
    I am waiting for a girl named AraKwan or Kwantsukaya.

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    This bit of trivia is rife for a trick Jeopardy question someday:

    Contestant 1: I'll take Olympic champions for $1,000.
    Alex: At age 15 she became the youngest Olympic figure skating champion.
    Contestant 1: Who is Tara Lipinski?
    Alex (with a smug grin): Oooh, sorry, nooo.
    Contestant 2: Who is Michelle Kwan?
    Alex (impatiently): No.
    [Beep-beep-beep]
    Alex: And the correct response is, Who is Julia Lipnitskaia. Julia. Lipnitskaia.
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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