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14-year-old Alysa Liu Becomes First U.S. Woman To Land A Quadruple Lutz In Competition

By Karen Price | Aug. 24, 2019, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

Alysa Liu skates in the skating spectacular at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 27, 2019 in Detroit.

 

At just 14 years old, 2019 figure skating national champion Alysa Liu continues to prove that youth is no barrier to major achievements.

She became the youngest national champion in history in January at the age of 13 while also becoming the first American woman to land two triple axels in her free skate, and on Saturday she became the first U.S. woman to land a quadruple Lutz in competition.

She did it in the free skate at the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-female sports and entertainment festival featuring women’s tennis, gymnastics, basketball, figure skating, ice hockey and beach volleyball in a Team Americas versus Team World format in Albany, New York.

Liu also had two triple axels in her program and landed both of those cleanly as well. She opened with a triple axel-double toe combination, followed that with the quadruple lutz, which she made look easy, and soon after landed the second triple axel. Her program earned her judges’ scores of 10.5, 10.5 and 10.5 – in a 10-point scoring system.

“I’m feeling pretty good about myself,” Liu told two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan after her skate. “I completed all three jumps and I’m just so happy I did well.”

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The event isn’t sanctioned by the International Skating Union, and skaters had no required elements. Joining Liu in competition were Olympic team medalists Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu, who is coming off hip surgery.

Liu is set to make her international junior debut at the ISU Junior Grand Prix beginning Aug. 29 in Lake Placid, New York. She will not be old enough to compete in senior international events until the 2022 season.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.