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Alysa Liu Bio, Wiki, Age, Father (Arthur Liu), Siblings, Career, Salary, Nationality, American Figure Skater

Jan 26th, 2019 - Alysa Liu takes US women's title at nationals at age 13

Alysa Liu Bio, Wiki

Alysa Liu Born | Age: August 8th, 2005 (age 13 years)

Alysa Liu Parents: Arthur Liu (Father)

Alysa Liu Mom: Surrogate Mother

Alysa Liu Siblings: 4 Siblings

Alysa Liu Known for: American Figure Skater

Alysa Liu Biography

Alysa Liu was born on August 8th, 2005. She is an American figure skater who competes in the ladies singles discipline. Liu is the 2019 U.S. national champion, the 2018 U.S. junior champion, and the 2016 U.S. intermediate champion.

Alysa Liu Early life

Liu was born on August 8th, 2005, in Clovis, California. Her father is Arthur Liu, an attorney who immigrated to the U.S. from the Sichuan Province in southwestern China in the 1990s. Liu has four siblings all of who were conceived through an egg donor and a surrogate mother. Liu went to a Chinese school for three years, then attended the Oakland School for the Arts, which offers 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. Liu used the same online program that other skaters, including fellow Bay Area skaters Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, have used.

Alysa Liu Coach

Alysa’s is coached by Laura Lipetsky, a former national-level skater who graduated from Cal. She began training her at the age of 5½ years. In 2017 Laura sent Alysa to the University of Delaware’s ice rinks for a biomechanical analysis researchers have created to help elite American skaters improve their jump techniques.

During an interview, Laura said: “I care about her so much, I give everything that I can to her because she only gets one shot. She reminds me of someone that I was growing up.”

Alysa Liu Career

Early career

Liu began skating at the age of five, when her father, a fan of Michelle Kwan, brought her to the rink. 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.

2015 was Liu’s first skating competition as a juvenile. She became the youngest lady to win the intermediate gold medal at the 2016 U.S. Championships winning by less than a point. She was first after the short program, with two level-4 spins, a 2A, and 3S. Her free skate included a 3S-2T and 3S.

Liu placed fourth at the 2017 U.S. Championships while competing in the novice category. She was in first place after her short program, with a 1.22 point lead. Her short program included a split jump into a 3Lz-3T combination, which was ruled under-rotated and a 3F. 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.

2017–18 season

At the 2017 Asian Open Trophy, Liu won a silver medal finishing 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. Liu 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 3F-3T combination, and a 3Lz, earning her 63.83 points. She earned 120.33 points during her long program, after landing two 2A and seven triple jumps, which were all backloaded in the second half of the program, including a 3Lz-3T and a 3F-1Eu-3S. Liu was given extra points on all her jumps, except for the 3F-1Eu-3S. 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

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 3A in the free skate, becoming the youngest skater in history to perform a clean triple Axel in an international competition and the third American lady to do so, following Tonya Harding and Mirai Nagasu.

Although Liu is too young to compete internationally at the senior, or even junior, level, she qualified to compete in the senior ranks at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Detroit, Michigan. On January 25th, 2019, she became the youngest skater in history to win the U.S. senior ladies’ 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 with a clean program including a 3A, 3A-3T, 3Lz-3T, and 3Lz-1Eu-3S.

13-year-old Alysa Liu becomes youngest ever US figure skating champ

  • Liu lands two triple axels to edge Bradie Tennell for title
  • Liu eclipses Lipinski’s mark as youngest US ladies’ champion
  • Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue hold lead in ice dancing

Alysa Liu became the youngest person to win an individual title at the US figure skating championships, stealing the show on Friday night, January 25th, 2019 with two triple axels and taking the title more than six months before her 14th birthday.

Defending champion Bradie Tennell, the leader after Thursday’s short program, fell during her free skate and Liu, skating immediately after, took advantage, breezing through her routine after the two early triple axels, one of which was in combination.

The Bay Area prodigy’s skate earned 143.62 points, enough to overcome Tennell. When her overall score of 217.51 was announced, she put her hands over her face, overcome with emotion.

Alysa Liu Results

2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
Jan. 19 – 27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships Senior 2
1-5 August 2018 2018 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 1
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
22–25 February 2018 2018 International Challenge Cup Advanced Novice 1
29 December 2017, to 8 January 2018 2018 U.S. Championships Junior 1
13–17 September 2017 2017 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Junior 3
2–5 August 2017 2017 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 3
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
14–22 January 2017 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Novice 1
14–18 September 2016 2016 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate Novice 5
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
15–24 January 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Intermediate 1

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