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Alysa Liu (born August 8, 2005) is an American figure skater. She is the 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy champion, the 2021 CS Lombardia Trophy champion, and a two-time U.S. national champion (2019, 2020). On the junior level, she is the 2020 World Junior bronze medalist, the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, a two-time Junior Grand Prix champion, and the 2018 U.S. junior national champion.

Liu is the youngest-ever U.S. women's national champion, having won her first title at age 13, and is also the youngest to win two senior national titles (age 14). She is the first to win two consecutive titles since Ashley Wagner did so in 2012 and 2013. She is also the first woman to win the junior and senior titles back-to-back since Mirai Nagasu accomplished the feat in 2008.

Liu is the first junior American women's singles skater to successfully complete a triple Axel in international competition, and only the third American woman overall to do so after Tonya Harding and Nagasu. She is also the first American female skater to successfully complete a quad jump (quadruple Lutz) in a competition. Liu is the first woman to ever land both a quadruple jump and a triple Axel in the same program.

Liu was born on August 8, 2005, in Clovis, California, the oldest child of Arthur Liu, an attorney who immigrated to the U.S. from a small mountain village in Sichuan, China in the 1990s at the age of 25, after earning degrees in China. He was further educated in California, earning M.B.A. and J.D. degrees.[2][3] Liu is the oldest of five children; like her siblings (a sister, Selina, and triplets Joshua, Justin, and Julia), she was conceived through an anonymous egg donor and a surrogate mother.[4] At the time of Liu's birth, her father was still married to Yan "Mary" Qingxin, whom Liu and her siblings refer to as their mom, and who acts as their legal guardian, even after her divorce from Arthur.[5]

Liu attended Chinese school for three years, then attended the Oakland School for the Arts, which, at the time, offered an emphasis in figure skating. When she started missing too much school due to traveling to competitions, she began homeschooling at her father's law office in between practices. She uses the same online program that other skaters, including fellow Bay Area skaters Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, have used.[1] Liu limited her social media use after an abundance of negative comments on her posts, causing her to find it “not worth it” and "exhausting."[6]

In 2019, Liu was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list; Michelle Kwan authored the recognition article.[7]

Liu began skating at the age of five, when her father, a fan of Michelle Kwan, brought her to the Oakland Ice Center. She began taking group lessons with her coach, Laura Lipetsky, a former figure skater who had trained under Frank Carroll, and quickly moved to individual sessions.[3][1][4] Her coach, Laura Lipetsky, began teaching her at 5½ years old and her choreographer, Cindy Stuart, also started working with her when she was young.[1]

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