Although she’s already showed several sneak peeks of the property on her Instagram page, records only now confirm that Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Tara Lipinski has paid $8.4 million — in what appears to have been an all-cash deal — for an all-new mansion in L.A.’s perennially expensive Pacific Palisades neighborhood.
Born in Philadelphia but since based primarily in Sugar Land, Texas, Lipinski won the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships, beating out longtime rival Michelle Kwan. The following year, she snagged the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Japan, becoming the youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history — and narrowly beating Kwan yet again. The fierce rivalry between the pair captivated American audiences during the mid-to-late-90s, when both were in peak skating form, and arguably helped make both icons of the sport.
Since her 2002 retirement, Lipinski has turned to broadcasting, beginning as a commentator for Universal Sports and NBC Sports. Since then, she and longtime friend Johnny Weir have become staples of the red carpet scene — the pair have served as “Access Hollywood” correspondents for everything from the Oscars to the National Dog Show, and from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl.
In addition to her figure skating and broadcasting accomplishments, it’s also worth noting that Lipinski is the daughter of oil baron Jack Lipinski, the now-retired, longtime CEO of Texas-based CVR Energy, a $2.3 billion petroleum juggernaut publicly traded on the NYSE.
As for Lipinski’s new Palisades mansion, the property sits on a quiet hillside cul-de-sac, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. With six bedrooms and a total of 7.25 baths, the place has more than ample space for Lipinski and husband Todd Kapostasy, whom she married in 2017.