Q&A with Tara!
To co-incide with the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Italy, and Tara's invovlement in Universal's broadcast of the event as a commentator, everyday this week we will be posting Tara's answers to your questions!
It's not too late to submit a question - to do so click here.
From Alisha - Did you stop skating because of your hip injury?
No that is a HUGE misconception. I dealt with back and hip pain through my amateur career but nothing that I couldn't handle. I worked with several trainers to intensively strengthen the surrounding muscles. It helped immensely and I only occasionally dealt with a few flare-ups which is the norm for any athlete.
However my hip just seemed to get worse and although I went to many doctors and was misdiagnosed every time. I could skate with the pain but it was extremely frustrating!
I was finally recommended to a doctor in Florida. Dr Philippon is an amazing doctor and immediately knew I had a severely torn labrum. The orthoscopic surgery was the best thing I ever did. It saved my skating career! I went through intensive therapy and skated seven days after my surgery. Soon I was allowed to start jumping and within two months resumed my triples and started the Stars On Ice tour.
I was so happy not to be in pain on or off the ice anymore. In fact I felt so much stronger and my jumps seemed to gain even more height. I will forever be grateful to Dr Philippon.
I just decided to take a break from skating. I love professional skating and look forward to performing in the future!
From Lisa - Do you hope to have a career in sports broadcasting?
Yes I do. I love being back in the skating world and especially part of competitive skating. Competing has always been in my blood. I think skating is such a wonderful sport which can combine beauty and athleticism with determination and unbelievable focus. That's why it's an Olympic sport! Commentating is exciting and I definitely hope to have a career in sports broadcasting.
From Colleen - Do you ever skate recreationally?
I have started skating much more recently. I will always skate and at one point want to get back involved in professional skating.
From Alex - Do you have a favourite skating program, other than one of your own?
I would have to say Kurt Browning's 'Brick House', but I also love love love another program skated by Kurt called 'Nyah'.
From Cara - Are you still in contact with any of your old skating friends?
Yes - I keep in contact with all of my skating friends!
From Kristen - The 1998 Olympic gold medal is one of your greatest accomplishments, do you ever get tired of the repeating questions related to that moment?
I never get tired of questions related to my Olympic medal! I am so grateful for my career and will always be happy to answer any questions.
From Amanda - how easy was it to settle into life in LA, and do you see that as your home for the future?
I love LA. I have a great group of friends and there are so many things to see and do. I am not sure if I will always live in Los Angeles but right now I wouldn't want to be anywhere else..well maybe South Carolina!
From David - Do you follow any sports besides figure skating?
Yes I love hockey. I also watch basketball. Go Lakers!
From Leslie - do you have a favourite movie that you've seen recently?
I really enjoyed Dear John. It takes place in Charleston and some of the surrounding beaches near my home in South Carolina.
From Tasha - what is your favourite place to go on vacation?
I love to travel. I am a huge fan of trips to NYC. I love Vegas and it is only a 30 minute flight from LA. But I would like to make a trip to Europe soon.