Teen figure skating sensation Alysa Liu has been dominating women's figure skating since a young age. The fan-favorite — and U.S. Champion has faced intense competition over the years.
At the 2019 U.S. Championships, it was a battle of seasoned vets — with the rising star Alysa Liu — at the age of 13, who controlled the tempo and the podium with one of the most impressive performances ever seen at the Championships. Liu crushed the competition — from the graceful and incredible triple axel-double-toe loop combinations to polished triples —to capture the U.S. Championships title.
The Rising Star — Alysa Liu
Liu began skating at the age of five inside the Oakland Ice Center. With a magnificent coach and choreographer by her side, Liu is training every day to make her mark on figure skating history.
The most promising American ladies figure skater to come along in the last 15 years, Liu won her first title at the age of 13. The two-time U.S. national champion is the youngest-ever U.S. ladies' national champion.
Competitive History at a Glance:
- 2021 U.S. Championships – 4th
- 2020 World Junior Championships – 3rd
- 2020 U.S. Championships – 1st
- 2019 Junior Grand Prix Final – 2nd
- 2019 Junior Grand Prix (Poland) – 1st
- 2019 Junior Grand Prix (USA) – 1st
- 2019 U.S. Championships – 1st
- 2019 Pacific Coast Sectionals – 1st
- 2019 Central Pacific Regionals – 1st
- 2018 Asian Open, Advanced Novice – 1st
- 2018 Challenge Cup, Advanced Novice – 2nd
- 2018 U.S. Championships, Junior – 1st
- 2018 Pacific Coast Sectionals, Junior – 1st
- 2017 Asian Open, Advanced Novice – 2nd
- 2018 Central Pacific Regionals, Junior – 1st
- 2017 U.S. Championships, Novice – 4th
- 2017 Pacific Coast Sectionals, Novice – 2nd
- 2017 Central Pacific Regionals, Novice – 2nd
- 2016 U.S. Championships, Intermediate – 1st
- 2016 Pacific Coast Sectionals, Intermediate – 1st
- 2016 Central Pacific Regionals, Intermediate – 2nd
- 2015 Central Pacific Regionals, Juvenile – 7th
Her Story to Write — Figure Skating Champion
With a hip injury and the pandemic challenging her in 2021, Liu is still giving her all to write history. Bouncing from rink to rink because of pandemic restrictions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Liu is now working with a new team — headed by Italian Olympic ice dancer Massimo Scali.
While Liu certainly has different expectations than pre-pandemic, she is strongly favored to win.
In January, Liu competed at the 2021 U.S. Championships in Las Vegas, earning second place in the short program.
"The goal is to present a new Alysa," stated Massimo Scali, one of her new coaches. "A mature, beautiful, elegant, secure skater."
With the Winter Olympics in Beijing only a year away — Liu will be eligible to compete on the senior international circuit at just 16. So, what's next for the figure skating sensation? Coaches state the work she has put in and the challenges that have unfolded in the past seven months puts Liu in an ideal position to make the Olympic team. Go Fast Girl.