Alysa Liu, 16, retires from figure skating a few months after the Olympics

Alysa Liu has not even graduated from high school yet, but the athlete of the American team has already announced her retirement from figure skating.

Just two months after placing seventh at the 2022 Olympics and one month after her bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships in France, Liu announced that she had achieved everything she wanted to do in sport.

“I’m here to announce that I’m retiring from skating,” Liu wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “I’m so happy with how my skating career has gone. now that i’m finally done with my skating goals, i’m going to move on with my life…this skating thing has taught me a lot more about life than i ever expected. I’m really happy to have skated.

Liu had an impressive career during his 11 years on the ice. At 13, she became the youngest woman to win a senior national title in the United States. Just a year later, in 2020, Liu defended her title to become the youngest double national champion. In Beijing, she was the youngest of three women – alongside Mariah Bell and Karen Chen – representing the United States in the women’s individual competition.

On Saturday, Alysa Liu announced her retirement from competitive figure skating.

On the ice, the 16-year-old has become known for her impressive repertoire. Liu was the first junior American woman to land a quadruple jump in a program, and was the first woman to land both a triple axel and a quad in the same routine.

“It’s been a crazy 11 years,” Liu wrote. “I honestly never thought I would have accomplished as much as I did LMAOO, I’m so happy.”

Liu’s Olympic journey has been filled with controversy on and off the ice. Russian competitor Kamila Valieva tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, but was allowed to compete anyway.

In addition, Liu and his father, a former political refugee, were reportedly monitored by the Chinese government. Liu’s father, Arthur, once spoke out against the Chinese Communist Party. During the Olympics, the duo were alongside escorts at all times.

Alysa Liu
At the 2022 Olympics, Liu finished seventh in the women’s individual competition.

Yet Liu’s retirement position reflects her positive skating experiences and all that she will cherish from her time as a competitive figure skater.

“I made so many friends and so many great memories that I will have for the rest of my life,” Liu wrote. “(Right now) I will probably spend all my free time with my family and friends; and I will also study.

“But [for real] this skating thing taught me a lot more about life than I had bargained for. I’m really happy to have skated.

New York Post

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