Alysa Liu, 13-years old, has been crowned the Youngest Woman Champion U.S. Figure Skater in Detroit last Friday. She received a score of 217.51. According to TIME, Liu responded with tears of joy, “I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program.”
Liu beat previous record holder, Tara Lipinski, who won the title in 1997 at 14-years old. Lipinski told TIME, “Records are made to be broken. It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent. To handle the pressure like she did, and to push the technical envelope as far as she’s pushing it, at such a young age, is truly mind-blowing. I think she’s the future of U.S. ladies’ figure skating.”
Only 4 feet 11 inches tall, Liu also was the first American woman to successfully perform two triple axels in the long program at Nationals. She was also the first to land a triple axel in the short program.
Despite her talents, Deadspin reports, due to her age, Liu is unable to compete in international senior events until the 2022 Olympics.
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