Bay Area native Alysa Liu, a two-time United States national figure skating champion and 2022 Winter Olympian, announced her retirement at age 16 on Saturday.
She finished seventh — best among Americans — in the Beijing Games’ women’s figure skating competition, which featured controversy centered around Russian Kamila Valieva’s doping tests. Then, she won bronze at last month’s world championships in her final competition on that stage.
Liu won the United States women’s singles championships in Detroit in 2019, becoming the youngest national champion ever at age 13. She repeated as champion in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2020 and took home a bronze medal at the 2020 women’s singles championship in Tallin, Estonia.
Liu missed the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang because she was too young to participate and was nearly unable to partake in the 2022 Games in Beijing due to a positive COVID-19 test at the U.S. Championships in Nashville in January.
The talented skater was forced to withdraw from the qualifying competition and petition to join the United States team. Her petition was successful and Liu became the youngest athlete to represent the country at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Born in Clovis, Liu attended the Oakland School for the Arts before she began homeschooling so she could travel to more competitions. She was homeschooled through California Connections Academy, an online program used by many elite skaters such as Palo Alto’s Vincent Zhou and Fremont’s Karen Chen.
Yes, I think since the Olympics been clear that she’s in charge of her life, not coaches or her dad. What an impressive young woman.The best thing is she didn’t have to retire because some coach told her she had to get bone-thin to get her quads back. Or if anyone did, she didn’t listen. This is the kind of young retirement that feels good, if sad for those of us who liked to watch her.
I am totally shocked! And annoyed. Gutted! I know she wants to have a life, etc., but she could have spoken to me first! Rude! Will she be on the SOI tour? She was the main reason I bought tickets.A shame. Liu is one of the skaters who project joy and seemed to genially enjoy what she was doing. Quite a change from all the skaters who were `doing their job' and never `having fun' or `enjoying what they do'. She seemed to be a bubble of joy both on and off the ice.
Thanks for her great skates and the best of luck in the future!
We are just fine with our Men and Dance. Pairs is a question mark, depending on which teams continue and how some of the new teams that will form ultimately fare. Women - hard to say if it's a changing of the guard or not - there's definitely an opportunity for some skaters like Levito and Thorngren to really rise up and make a splash. We'll see how they do at Jr Worlds this coming week.I am totally shocked! And annoyed. Gutted! I know she wants to have a life, etc., but she could have spoken to me first! Rude! Will she be on the SOI tour? She was the main reason I bought tickets.
Seriously, I am happy for her. I admire her father for his stance re the current state of skating corruption.
So, where does that leave US Ladies? In the dumper, I think. Neither Chan nor Bell are consistent enough to reliably compete.
I am not very familiar with who is down the line.....Isabeau, of course. Feels like the end of an era in US Women's skating.
And Pairs......ugh! Dance - C/B. Men - I don't even know.
We need some skaters STAT!