Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir: The real stars of Sochi

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Figure skating champions Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment for NBC the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: Figure skating champions Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment for NBC the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

With their sassy, on-point figure skating commentary, drool-worthy couture and adorable Instagram posts (they love to spoon!), Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski took the Olympics by storm — again.

“I think we were both happily surprised [by the attention],” Lipinski told us at a kickoff for the Paralympic Winter Games on Friday in NYC. “We were the rookies and we had to prove ourselves, so it was really nice to come home and see the reception that we got.”

The pros were “in a bubble” during their time in Sochi, Weir says, so they didn’t really know about the positive reaction to their work until they returned home.

“We didn’t think anyone was watching, and there’s a brilliance to being a bit naive to what’s going on,” he says. “It’s very liberating.”

And figure skating’s most fabulous duo have no plans to slow down now. The two did Oscars coverage for NBC and hope to be commentators at the Winter Olympics four years from now (“We’ll have to see,” Lipinski says). They’re also ready and willing to offer their insight on other matters.

“We have an opinion about everything,” Weir says. “Despite being figure skaters and knowing what we’re talking about specifically, we’ve got opinions on a lot. So show us VMAs. Show us Golf Channel. Show us the Kentucky Derby [or] ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.’”



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