With Beijing Olympics fever currently invading households everywhere, what better time to look back and remember the Olympic athlete that once appeared on The Young and the Restless? Of course, that special athlete is Tara Lipinski, who back in 1999 did a stint on the Y&R as Megan Dennison’s (Ashley Jones’s) pal, Marnie Kowalski!

Tara, as most Soaps.com readers will remember, won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating for the United States in 1998. At the age of 15, Tara captured hearts as the youngest gold medallist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games with her triple loop/triple loop signature move. The early bloomer, an only child, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, still holds that distinction today.

Soon after her Olympic win, she announced her intention to go professional, beginning immediately to live within a heavy schedule of publicity stops and acting bookings. She toured with Stars on Ice for four seasons, but suffered from complications from a pre-existing hip injury, and pulled out permanently in 2002.

Tara’s television acting roles included stints on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Veronica’s Closet”, “Early Edition”, “Seventh Heaven”, and of course, her role on Y&R. She did a voice over for “What’s New Scooby-Doo”, the animated series, and had a small cameo role in “Vanilla Sky” in 2001.

Tara, amid her crazy schedule of personal appearances after her Olympic win, also found time to do some notable good works, including: “Tara Lipinski’s Miracle Match Tour”, which raised money for leukemia, “Passion for Fashion”, a five-city fashion show for Limited Too, and a guest appearance on “Wheel of Fortune” in which she dressed as a genie and donated her winnings to the Boys and Girls Club of America. She also appeared as a spokesperson for “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids”.

Tara Lipinski is now 26 years old and makes her home on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. She doesn’t appear publicly as often, but there are two books about her success currently on shelves, “Totally Tara – An Olympic Journey”, and “Triumph on Ice”. Her personal website is presently being revamped, but check there soon if you are looking for more information on Tara!

Soaps.com would like to wish all of the Olympic athletes now competing in Beijing the best of luck!