Alysa Lui, a 16-year-old progidy

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Madalynn Spyker, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Achievements 

  • Graduated from California Connections Academy at age 16. 
  • At 13-years-old, Liu became the youngest figure skating champion in 2019. 
  • The first American woman to land a quad lutz ad triple axel in the same timetable. 
  • In the 2020 U.S. Championships, Liu achieved the title of the first female skater to win back-to-back titles since 2013. 
  • In December 2019, she earned a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in Turin, Italy.
  • She made an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show and the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
  • Liu was slimed on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards in 2019. 
  • TIME magazine named her one of the “Next 100 Most Influential People in November of 2019. 

Personal Life/ Bio

  • Born Aug. 8, 2005, in Clovis, Calif. 
  • Began to figure skate more competitively when attending Oakland School for the Arts.
  • Liu stays away from social media because its “exhausting” and “not worth it”
  • Liu is the oldest of four siblings, including triplet siblings. 
  •  Besides figure skating, she likes to dance, go to the beach and enjoys watching movies.

COVID-19 SCARE

      Jan. 7 Liu had to withdraw from the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, Tenn. because of a positive COVID-19 test. She had stood in third place, but tested negative twice before leaving Nashville. Liu still holds high hopes to compete in the Olympic Games Beijing 2022.

     “Things happen unfortunately, but it is what it is… I’m feeling good physically and mentally.”