I Want What They Have, Friendship Edition: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir

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Love is a many-splendored thing, especially when you’re gawking at it from the outside. In this column, we’ll be examining the celebrity couples that give us hope for our own romantic futures and trying to learn what we can from their well-documented bonds.

I’ve been a massive fan of figure skating since I was old enough to Google “tonya harding why??,” a nosy inquiry into the greatest skating drama of the ’90s that kept me glued to the TV for each Winter Olympics. I love the grace, the glamour, the pageantry, the spangly costumes, but most of all it’s the skaters themselves who enrapture me; I had a long Scott-and-Tessa phase, capped off by me skipping school to catch up on episodes of their short-lived reality show. But these days, the pair that capture my heart are former Olympic skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

Weir and Lipinski describe themselves as “long-lost platonic soulmates who met later in life,” which…mood. They’ll be commentating at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, and naturally, their style will be on point. “We bring a lot of clothes, but it’s hard because we’re a team,” Lipinski recently explained on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. “We bring a lot of suitcases. We showed up in Korea [for PyeongChang 2018], and we had a picture in the lobby and it kinda, like, went the whole length of the lobby.” Literally me, if any of my friends would consent to matching outfits (and if any of us possessed one ounce of athletic prowess).

Weir and Lipinski are no slouches on the ice themselves—he’s a three-time U.S. champion, and she won gold at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 at just 15 years old—but they’ve really found their niche as commentators, and their outfits are simply beyond. In a recent Team USA lightning round, the two answered questions about who takes longer to get ready (that depends on Weir’s hairdo, apparently) and who’s more stubborn (Lipinski, by all accounts).

Maybe I’m naive for thinking that two people who have good onscreen chemistry actually like each other in real life (God knows there are plenty of TV duos who freaking loathe one another, at least if TMZ is to be believed), but I like to think that if Weir and Lipinski weren’t commentating at the Olympics, they’d be off in a hotel room together watching the coverage with a bag of Takis and a few bottles of champagne, cracking each other up and pointing out all the little skating no-nos that we plebeians might not notice. We love a high-octane, high-glam friendship!



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