At two years old, when most toddlers were attempting to perfect the difficult task of walking without hitting their heads on the ends of coffee tables, Tipton was already working towards an ice skating career. Once she matured, she and her partner, Phillip Cooke, competed in two U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships, twice won regional championships, and competed at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships two times. Ultimately, Tipton retired from the ice at the age of sixteen because of her major growth spurt, which eventually led her to modeling. Yet, she still skates for AIDS charities.