Tara Lipinski seems pretty determined to steal the spotlight at the 2014 Winter Olympics–and that’s fine with us, if it means that we’re getting a surprise sex symbol out of the deal. Tara sure couldn’t be a sex symbol back when she was actually winning at the Olympics. She was only 15 years old back when the Philadelphia femme won the ladies’ singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating.
Fortunately, that was way back in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Tara has had plenty of time to grow up since then. As we’re happily reminded courtesy of the good men of Maxim, who’ve come along with a photo shoot to show us that Tara is looking great these days–even though she’s waited until hitting her thirties to start posing provocatively.
Tara’s also become suddenly hip, thanks to her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week. She wowed film fans with a tribute to the legendary movie The Big Lebowski. That thing had to go viral, of course. We’re also glad to know that Tara got to catch up with that movie, since it was released way back in the same year that she was winning her gold medal.
Anyway, it’s better late than never in landing an incredibly cute sex symbol. Tara certainly has a look that’s all her own–and, yes, we might’ve noticed that over the years. Enjoy the Maxim pics, but also take the time to enjoy Tara Lipinski when she’s acting naturally sexy on the ice. And the red carpet, and a few photo shoots, too. Tara still looks like an Olympian babe to us…