Olympian Alysa Liu announces retirement from figure skating

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AsAmNews photo. Alysa Liu breaks into tears after her bronze-winning performance at Worlds

By Louis Chan, AsAmNews National Correspondent

World figure skating bronze medalist Alysa Liu announced Saturday that she is retiring from figure skating.

The 16 year old made the announcement on Instagram.

“I started skating when I was 5 so that’s about 11 years on the ice and it’s been an insane 11 years. A lot of good and a lot of bad but yk (you know) that’s just how it is,” she said.

Liu became the youngest U.S. National champion at just the age of 13. She won again the following year becoming the youngest two-time national champion.

She withdrew from the U.S. National Championship this year due to a positive COVID test, but successfully petitioned for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team based on her past record. She came in seventh at the Beijing Winter Olympics and went on to win a bronze at Worlds.

“I honestly never thought I would’ve accomplished as much as I did,” she said. She plans to spend her time with family and friends and at school to study. She’s grateful for all the memories and the friends she’s made on her journey.

She has no regrets.

“I’m so happy. I feel so satisfied with how my skating career has gone. now that I’m finally done with my goals in skating I’m going to be moving on with my life,” she said.

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