`Stars on Ice' tour featuring Olympic medalists makes a stop in Atlantic City
||December 29, 2001|
The Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City will begin Feb. 8, but
ice skating fans don't have to wait that long to catch gold medal
The Stars on Ice show arrives at the revamped Boardwalk Hall in
Atlantic City Sunday featuring top skaters who have turned
Olympic medalists Tara Lipinski and Kristi Yamaguchi of the United
States, , Katarina Witt of East Germany and Ilia Kulik of Russia will
be part of the entertainment.
The show, sponsored by Target stores, does not feature typical
competition-style programs with individual performances. Instead, the
cast of 12 skaters perform a themed show that incorporates twirling,
dancing, spinning and - even rap.
"We do really cool group numbers in cool costumes and with great
lighting," says Lipinski, who lived in Sewell until she was 9. "The
show is more MTV or Broadway than Ice Capades. We do a variety of
acts, and even `Lady Marmalade' from Moulin Rouge."
"It's more like a musical ... with lots of lights and costume
changes," says cast member Lucinda Ruh, a two-time Swiss national
Stars on Ice began its U.S. tour in Baltimore on Friday and will
conclude April 20 in Portland, Maine. The skaters will visit 61 cities
in 30 states.
Since it began in 1986, the Stars on Ice tour has featured a bevy
of international talent who have turned professional. Professional
skaters are not eligible to compete in amateur ranks, such as the
World Championship or the Olympics.
Witt, who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics,
rejoins the show after a four-year absence.
New to the tour are Ruh and two-time world champions Anjelika
Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov of Russia.
Returning this year are three-time U.S. national pair champions
Jenni Meno and Todd Sand. Also returning are Olympic silver medalist
and two-time world professional champion Denis Petrov of Russia and
eight-time British national champion Steven Cousins.
LLipinski missed last year's competitions because she was
recovering from hip surgery, but skated with the Stars on Ice
Tour. She still has pain when she skates but says, "I'm lucky to be on
Lipinski is the youngest female skater to win an Olympic gold
medal, which she did in 1998 at age 15 in Nagano, Japan. Two months
later, Lipinski decided to go professional.
"I have no regrets. Four years later, I look back and think I was
so lucky. I was so blessed. Now, I have a life I can really
enjoy. Spending Christmas at home makes a difference," says Lipinski,
who now calls Sugar Land, Texas, home.
She says preparing for the 1998 Olympics was tough because her
father lived in Texas while she and her mother lived in Detroit.
"The training schedule was so rigorous with my parents living
apart. Now, to see them back home and happy together, it's worth it."
Since going professional, she has acted, done volunteer work and
scored a hefty list of endorsements.
She endorses Target, McDonald's, Minute Maid, Charles Schwab,
Chevrolet, DKNY, Mattel, Campbell's Soup, Snapple, Limited Too and
The 19-year-old filmed a scene for the Cameron Crowe movie Vanilla
Sky, starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. Her scene
"I was visiting a friend on the set, and Cameron Crowe asked me if
I wanted to be in a party scene," Lipinski says.
Lipinski has acted in a few episodes of the soap opera The Young
and The Restless. She has appeared on Touched by an Angel and a few
Fox Family films. Over the summer, she acted in the yet-to-be released
independent film, Metro Chase.
"Acting is my next dream. I'm going to keep skating, obviously, but
acting is something I want to pursue," says Lipinski.
Lipinski is the national spokeswoman for the Boys and Girls Clubs
of America. She's also a major financial contributor to Texas
Children's Hospital and is a member of the Children's Circle of Care,
for people who donate more than $10,000 annually.
While she's on tour, she stops by hospitals to cheer up ailing
kids. Recently, Lipinski visited St. Jude's Research Hospital in
Memphis where she read Dr. Seuss books to children.
"I like to take their minds off things for awhile. Those kids are
so brave, I don't know how they do it," she says.
Earlier this month, Lipinski visited a 10-year-girl named Vanessa
whose father died in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon. The girl,
from Virginia, wanted to learn to skate, so Lipinski gave Vanessa her
"She's so sweet," Lipinski says. "To be on the ice with someone
like her who has been through so much makes you realized how special
For Ruh, the Stars on Ice tour is her first as a professional
skater. She turned pro in 2000 and has the quickest costume change in
the Stars on Ice show - 15 seconds.
Ruh is fast on the ice, too, which helped earn her the nickname
"Queen of Spin." The 22-year-old is considered to be one of skating's
greatest spinners because she can do as many as 270 revolutions in a
"It's like you lose yourself in the spin," Ruh says. " Spins last
longer than jumps or footwork."
Ruh was born in Zurich, Switzerland but has lived in cities
throughout the world, including Paris, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco
Ruh and her mother moved to Lower Manhattan in August.
They were evacuated from their apartment Sept. 11 and not allowed
back in for three weeks. "I feel like I was a part of history," Ruh
She's looking forward to touring with the Stars on Ice show and
seeing new parts of the world.
"It's such a close-knit group. I love the show. I can't decide what
my favorite part is."
If you go
Show time for `Target Stars on Ice,' with Olympic champions Tara
Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Ilia Kulik, is 7
The show will take place at Boardwalk Hall, Pacific Avenue and the
Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
Tickets are $32 to $55 and can be bought by calling Ticketmaster