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Olympic skating champ has devotion to 'Little Flower' saint

When former Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski skates these days, she does so in tribute to St. Therese of Lisieux.

Lipinski, 19, is the youngest gold medal winner in Winter Olympic history. She was 15 when she took first in women's figure skating at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

"Without St. Therese I would have never won the Olympics," Lipinski told The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. "I focused on St. Therese and she gave me the strength to do that."

Lipinski now skates professionally in the "Target Stars on Ice" show, alongside Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Ilia Kulik. She made the comments in a phone interview with the paper just prior to performing in Indianapolis in early February with the show, which is on tour through April.

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