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Alysa Liu (born 8 August 2005) is an American figure skater who competes in the women's singles discipline. She is the 2019 U.S. national champion, the 2018 U.S. junior champion, and the 2016 U.S. intermediate champion.

Alysa Liu
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (2005-08-08) 8 August 2005 (age 13)
Clovis, California, U.S.
Height4 ft 7 in (1.40 m)[1]
CoachLaura Lipetsky
ChoreographerCindy Stuart[1]
Skating clubSt. Moritz FSC
Training locationsOakland, California

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Early lifeEdit

Liu was born on 8 August 2005, in Clovis, California, the oldest child of Arthur Liu, an attorney who immigrated to the U.S. from a small mountain village in the Sichuan Province, China in the 1990s at the age of 25, after earning degrees in China. He was further educated in California, earning an MBA and a law degree.[2][3] Liu is the oldest of five; like her siblings (a sister and triplets—two boys and a girl), she was conceived through an anonymous egg donor and a surrogate mother.[4] She attended Chinese school for three years, then attended the Oakland School for the Arts, which, at the time, offered an emphasis in figure skating. When she started missing too much school due to traveling to competitions, she began homeschooling at her father's law office in between practices. She used the same online program that other skaters, including fellow Bay Area skaters Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, have used.[1]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Liu began skating at the age of five, when her father, a fan of Michelle Kwan, brought her to the Oakland Ice Center. She began taking group lessons with her coach, Laura Lipetsky, a former figure skater who had trained under Frank Carroll, and quickly moved to individual sessions.[3][1][4] Her coach, Laura Lipetsky, began teaching her at 5½ years old and her choreographer, Cindy Stuart, also started working with her when she was young.[1]

Liu's first skating competition was as a juvenile in 2015, when she came in 7th place at the Central Pacific Regionals.[5] At the 2016 U.S. Championships, she became the youngest woman to earn the intermediate gold medal, winning by less than a point.[6][7] She was first after the short program; her free skate included two triple salchows, the first completed in combination with a double toe loop and earning her a "program-high 7.00 points".[6]

Competing in the novice category, Liu placed fourth at the 2017 U.S. Championships.[8] She was in first place after her short program, with a 1.22 point lead. Her short program included a split jump into a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, which was ruled under-rotated, and a triple flip.[7] Liu fell to 4th place after the long program, where she landed two triple-triple combinations but did not earn sufficient program component scores to retain her narrow lead.[9]

2017–18 seasonEdit

Liu opened her season with a silver medal at the 2017 Asian Open Trophy, where she finished second to Japan's Mana Kawabe.[10] She was the youngest skater to compete in the junior division at the 2018 U.S. Championships in San Jose, California. She won the competition, despite suffering from a cold and sore throat.[1][11] She scored a season's best in the short program with an almost seven-point lead going into the free skate. Her short program included three level-4 spins, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination combination, and a triple lutz, earning her 63.83 points.[12] She earned 120.33 points during her long program, after landing two double axels and seven triple jumps, which were all backloaded in the second half of the program. Liu was given extra points on all her jumps, except for the triple flip-single loop-triple salchow combination. She earned an overall score of 184.16 points, almost 18 more than silver medalist Pooja Kalyan and the second highest-ever score on the junior level.[11][13][14] Despite winning the gold, Liu was ineligible to compete at the 2018 World Junior Championships because she was not old enough. She was sent to the 2018 International Challenge Cup instead, where she won the advanced novice silver medal behind Hanna Yoshida of Japan.[15][16]

2018–19 seasonEdit

In August 2018, Liu competed as a novice at the 2018 Asian Open Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand. She won the gold, outscoring the silver medalist, Japan's Sara Honda, by over ten points.[17] She landed a ratified triple Axel in the free skate, becoming the youngest skater in history to perform a clean triple Axel in an international competition and the fourth American lady to do so, following Tonya Harding, Kimmie Meisner, and Mirai Nagasu.[18]

Although Liu was too young to compete internationally at the senior or junior level, she qualified to compete in the senior ranks at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Detroit, Michigan.[19] On January 25, 2019, she broke Tara Lipinski's previous record and became the youngest skater to win the U.S. senior women's title, after placing second in the short to defending U.S. champion Bradie Tennell with a record score (which was broken minutes later by Tennell), and first in the free skate. She also became the youngest female skater to land a triple Axel at the U.S. Nationals, as well as the third woman to do so (after Harding and Meissner), and the first woman during a short program at Nationals.[20][21] At these competitions, she became the first and so far, only American woman to land the maximum number of triple jumps possible (twelve) at a senior competition. However, some of the landings were not performed cleanly. She landed four triple jumps in the short program: one Axel, one flip, one Lutz and one triple toe loop (under-rotated)[22]. In the long program, she landed eight triple jumps: two Axels, one loop, two Lutzes, one toe loop, one Salchow, one flip (unclear edge)[23].

ProgramsEdit

Competitive highlightsEdit

International: Novice
Event 2017–18 2018–19
Asian Trophy 2nd 1st
Challenge Cup 2nd
National
U.S. Championships 1st J 1st
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st J 1st
Central Pacific Regionals 1st J 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
J = Junior level

Juvenile, intermediate, and novice careerEdit

National
Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
U.S. Championships 1st I 4th N
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st I 2nd N
Central Pacific Regionals 6th V 2nd I 2nd N
Levels: N = Novice; I = Intermediate; V = Juvenile

Detailed resultsEdit

2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
Jan. 19 – 27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships Senior 2
73.89
1
143.62
1
217.51
[8]
1–5 August 2018 2018 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 1
50.25
1
88.20
1
138.45
[24][25][17]
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
22–25 February 2018 2018 International Challenge Cup Advanced Novice 1
42.79
2
86.99
2
129.78
[26][27]
29 December 2017, to 8 January 2018 2018 U.S. Championships Junior 1
63.83
1
120.33
1
184.16
[28]
13–17 September 2017 2017 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Junior 3
56.94
1
105.89
1
162.83
[29]
2–5 August 2017 2017 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 3
38.74
3
69.60
2
108.34
[30][31]
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
14–22 January 2017 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Novice 1
48.89
6
82.79
4
131.68
[32]
14–18 September 2016 2016 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Novice 5
39.58
4
74.84
4
114.42
[33]
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
15–24 January 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Intermediate 1
40.24
1
70.00
1
110.24
[34]

ReferencesEdit

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