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Alysa Liu, Who Is 16 Years Old, Has Announced Her Retirement From Figure Skating

Alysa Liu, a sixteen-year-old figure skating prodigy, is retiring from the sport. In an Instagram post on Saturday afternoon, she announced her retirement from the sport.


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 “I started skating when I was five years old, so I’ve been on the ice for roughly 11 years, and it’s been an insane 11 years,” Liu said on Instagram. “There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad, but that’s life.”

Liu has opted to retire after her first Olympic appearance at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. But who knows if it’ll be her final performance? For the time being, the young athlete is content with her achievements and hopes to pursue something more traditional for her age group: college.

“Now that I’ve completed my skating aspirations, I will move on with my life,” Liu added. “I’m probably going to spend all of my free time with my family and friends and studying.”

After testing positive for COVID-19 in January 2022, just before the women’s free skate competition in Beijing, the two-time national champion was forced to withdraw from the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Her perseverance paid off. Liu finished eighth in the women’s short program at the Winter Games after qualifying for Roster USA’s figure skating team and being granted permission to compete. Liu became the first skater to appeal for a spot in the Olympics since Michelle Kwan did so in 2006 due to a groin injury, refusing to give up the ultimate opportunity to demonstrate her talent.

Despite her decision to retire at such a young age, Liu has many accomplishments. She is satisfied with her current position and is eager to advance.

“I’m thrilled with how my skating career has turned out,” Liu added.

Liu is a two-time World bronze medalist (2020, 2022), the champion of the CS Nebelhorn Trophy in 2021, the winner of the C.S. Lombardia Trophy in 2021, and a two-time American national champion (2019, 2020). She’s also a two-time Junior Grand Prix champion, a silver medalist in the 2019-20 Junior Grand Prix Final, and the 2018 U.S. junior national champion.

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Liu began skating in 2010 and won her first national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest woman to ever win a national championship in the United States. Liu became the youngest person to win two senior national titles a year later, at the age of 14.

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