NAGANO, Japan -- No one can accuse Tara Lipinski of not enjoying her Olympic experience.
In fact, Lipinski has been having so much fun that she didn't want to leave yesterday for Osaka, where she will train at a private rink before returning Wednesday to Nagano.
"We compromised," said Richard Callaghan, Lipinski's coach. "She wanted to stay in the village, but we thought it would be best for her to go. So she's going for a few days."
Lipinski, 1997 U.S. silver medalist and reigning ladies world champion, has been with the other competitors at the athletes village since arriving Wednesday. She has practiced at White Ring, where the figure skating events are being held.
Lipinski, 15, will train at Osaka under the guidance of Megan Faulkner and Craig Maurizi, while Callaghan will stay with Todd Eldredge, who competes in the men's short program on Thursday.
U.S. champion Michelle Kwan is still in the United States, and apparently will stay at a hotel and not the athletes village when she arrives. Nicole Bobek, the U.S. bronze medalist, also is still in the United States.
Pub Date: 2/09/98