- Began roller-skating at 3, and at 6 put on ice skates for the first time; also rode horses as a child, but at 10 decided she wanted to pursue figure skating full-time.
- Also at 10, moved to Newark, DE, with her mother, Patricia, to train with figure-skating coach Jeff DiGregorio and choreographer Jill Cosgrove, after her father, Jack, a chemical engineer with an oil company, had been transferred from New Jersey to Texas.
- Career highlights include first-place finishes at the U.S. Nationals (1997), World Championships (1997) and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where, at 15 years and 255 days, became the youngest individual winner in the history of the Winter Games.
- Turned professional after her Olympic win, touring with Champions on Ice and Stars on Ice, before moving on to a career as a TV analyst.
- Is the author of two books released in 1998: Totally Tara: An Olympic Journey; and Tara Lipinski: Triumph on Ice.
- Was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Charitable endeavors have included Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and among her list of commercial endorsements are McDonald's, Hallmark and Target.