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Alysa Liu
American figure skater

Alysa Liu

Alysa Liu
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Intro American figure skater
Is Figure skater
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 8 August 2005, Clovis, Fresno County, California, USA
Age 16 years
Star sign Leo
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Biography

Alysa Liu (born August 8, 2005) is an American figure skater. She is a two-time U.S. national champion (2019, 2020). Liu is the youngest-ever U.S. ladies' national champion, having won her first title at age 13.

On the junior level, she is the 2019 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2019 JGP United States champion, the 2019 JGP Poland champion, and the 2018 U.S. junior national champion.

Liu was the first junior American female skater to successfully complete a triple Axel in competition, and the fourth American lady overall to do so. She was the first American lady to successfully complete a quadruple Lutz in competition.

Early life

Liu was born on August 8, 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, 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. Liu is the oldest of five children; like her siblings (a sister and triplets—two boys and a girl), she was conceived through an anonymous egg donor and a surrogate mother. 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 uses the same online program that other skaters, including fellow Bay Area skaters Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, have used.

Career

Early career

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. 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.

Liu's first skating competition was as a juvenile in 2015, when she came in seventh place at the Central Pacific Regionals. At the 2016 U.S. Championships, she became the youngest woman to earn the intermediate gold medal, winning by less than a point. 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".

Competing in the novice category, Liu placed fourth at the 2017 U.S. Championships. 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. Liu fell to fourth 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.

2017–18 season: National junior champion

Liu opened her season with a silver medal at the 2017 Asian Open Trophy, where she finished second to Japan's Mana Kawabe. 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. 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, and a triple Lutz, earning her 63.83 points. 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. 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.

2018–19 season: First senior national title

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. She landed a ratified triple Axel in the free skate, becoming the youngest skater in history to perform a clean triple Axel in competition and the fourth American lady to do so, following Tonya Harding, Kimmie Meisner, and Mirai Nagasu.

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. On January 25, 2019, she broke Tara Lipinski's previous record by becoming 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 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. She was also the first woman to complete three triple Axels in U.S. competition. Liu scored 73.89 points in her short program, 2.71 points behind Tennell, the leader after the short program. In the long program, Tennell and Mariah Bell, who took third place in the short program, both made errors, ""opening the door for Liu". Her program component score "fell well short of Tennell's and Bell's", but her technical scores made up the difference, and she posted an overall score of 217.51. She completed two consecutive triple axels, the first one in combination, during her long program, and out of the other six triples she completed (one of which was also in combination), only the flip was downgraded.

2019–20 season: International junior debut

Liu's first competition for the 2019–2020 season was at the inaugural Aurora Games, an international all-women competition held in August 2019. She earned perfect scores, led the U.S. team to first place overall, and was the first American woman to successfully complete a quadruple Lutz in competition, albeit in one not sanctioned by the ISU.

Liu made her international competition debut at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Lake Placid in August 2019. Skating to "Don't Rain on My Parade" by Barbra Streisand in her short program, she scored 69.30 points, breaking her own personal best short program record by almost 20 points. She completed all her jumps, including three triples, completed three level-4 spins, and earned positive grades of execution for all seven elements. During her long program, Liu became the first American women to complete a quadruple Lutz in a competition. She also became the first female skater to complete a quadruple jump and a triple Axel in the same program in a competition. Skating to pianist Jennifer Thomas’ version of “New World Symphony," which was choreographed by Lori Nichol, Liu started her long program with a triple Axel-double toe loop combination, followed by her quadruple Lutz, which she earned 13.80 points for. She fell on her second triple Axel, but was able to successfully execute her following six triple jumps. She also earned level-4 scores for her three spins and top marks for her step sequence, earning a 59.66 program component score. She won the event by 21.52 points over the silver medalist, South Korean Park Yeon-jeong. It was the first in 20 Junior Grand Prix events that a non-Russian skater won and the first time an American won a Junior Grand Prix event since Polina Edmunds in 2013.

Liu's second slot in the Junior Grand Prix was in Poland. She came in fourth after the short program, but came from behind to win the event. In her short program, she completed, at the start of her program, a triple axel-triple toeloop, the first in Junior Grand Prix history. She doubled a planned triple loop, trailing by a little over four points going into the free skate. In her free skate, Liu "just about held onto" her first jump, a triple Axel, but improved as she went along, completing a combination that included a double toeloop. She then completed a quadruple Lutz, a "much better" triple axel, a triple Lutz, and "two excellent combinations—triple Lutz-triple toeloop and triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow". She ended her program with a triple flip, and earned three level-4 spins. She earned a season's best score of 138.99 in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final in second place, the first American lady to do so since Karen Chen and Polina Edmunds in 2013, with 30 points.

Liu won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final behind Russia's Kamila Valieva and ahead of Daria Usacheva, also of Russia. A little over two points separated the first and fourth place skaters in the short program. Liu placed first in the short program, with a triple Axel-triple toe combination and 71.09 points, a little over one-point lead. Although her jumps were the most difficult in her long program and she successfully completed six triple jumps, both her quadruple Lutzes and a triple Axel were judged underrotated, and she fell on her opening triple Axel, placing her second in the free skate and second overall. She told reporters afterwards, "I think I should have only done one quad but I really wanted to go for it just for the fun of it".

Entering the 2020 U.S. Championships as the favorite to defend her title, Liu placed second in the short program after turning out of her triple Axel attempt. Liu won the free skate by a wide margin, despite underrotating her attempted quad Lutz, taking her second consecutive national title at the senior level. She remarked "this year, it’s the new decade, and it’s a great start."

Programs

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
2018–2019
2017–2018
  • Les Misérables
    by Claude-Michel Schönberg
2016–2017

  • Puttin' on the Ritz

Records and achievements

  • Second lady to land a quadruple Lutz at the 2019 JGP United States behind Alexandra Trusova.
  • First lady to land a triple Axel and a quad in the same program (2019 JGP United States)
  • First American lady to attempt multiple quad Lutzes & multiple triple Axels in one/the same program.
  • First American lady to successfully land a quadruple Lutz.

Competitive highlights

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International: Junior
Event 17–18 18–19 19–20
Junior Worlds TBD
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Poland 1st
JGP U.S. 1st
International: Advanced novice
Asian Trophy 2nd 1st
Int. Challenge Cup 2nd
National
U.S. Champ. 1st J 1st 1st
Pacific Coast 1st J 1st
Central Pac 1st J 1st

2014–2015 to 2016–2017

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

Detailed results

2019–20 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 20–26, 2020 2020 U.S. Championships Senior 2
75.40
1
160.12
1
235.52
December 5–8, 2019 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
71.19
2
133.46
2
204.65
September 18–21, 2019 2019 JGP Poland Junior 4
64.11
1
138.99
1
203.10
August 28–31, 2019 2019 JGP United States Junior 1
69.30
1
138.80
1
208.10
2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 19–27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships Senior 2
73.89
1
143.62
1
217.51
August 1–5, 2018 2018 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Adv. novice 1
50.25
1
88.20
1
138.45
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 22–25, 2018 2018 International Challenge Cup Adv. novice 1
42.79
2
86.99
2
129.78
Dec. 29, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018 2018 U.S. Championships Junior 1
63.83
1
120.33
1
184.16
September 13–17, 2017 2017 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Junior 3
56.94
1
105.89
1
162.83
August 2–5, 2017 2017 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Adv. novice 3
38.74
3
69.60
2
108.34
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Novice 1
48.89
6
82.79
4
131.68
September 14–18, 2016 2016 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Novice 5
39.58
4
74.84
4
114.42
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 15–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Intermediate 1
40.24
1
70.00
1
110.24

Works cited

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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