16-year-old Olympic figure skating prospect from the Bay Area – NBC Bay Area


An East Bay figure skater has her eyes set on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Alysa Liu of Richmond is 16 and has accomplished so much already, including back-to-back national titles.

Liu started skating when he was 5 years old. At 13, she became the youngest female national champion in the United States. At 14, she won the title again.

At the time, she was 4 feet 8 inches tall. Now she is 5 feet 2 inches tall.

“I had to change my technique. I had to work more on height rather than pure rotation,” said Liu. “I worked on it for a good year, working out drills. So now that I’m doing axels and quads again, I can do them as usual.”

Liu’s coach Massimo Scali said he got chills watching her skate so beautifully and forcefully.

“One of the nicest comments we always get from judges is that you can feel her joy when she does what she loves to do,” said Scali.

Outside of the skating rink, Liu started enjoying activities at the age of 16, such as hanging out with friends and learning to drive.

“I drove in parking lots a few times,” she said. “No permit, but in empty parking lots I did it a few times. I’m not that bad actually.”

Bay Area figure skater Alysa Liu explains how competition in a post-pandemic world has changed.


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