Alysa Liu made history at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit on Friday, as she edged Bradie Tennell to become the youngest national champion in history at the age of 13. Liu landed two triple axels in her free skate, something no American woman had ever done before.
NBC strangely didn’t share the full video of Liu’s incredible free skate, so we only have the highlight reel above, but her stunned and emotional reaction to vaulting into first place was tremendous.
Liu’s father, Arthur, has posted dozens of his daughter’s routines to his own YouTube channel. You can see the free skate that earned her a spot at nationals below.
Due to age limits, Liu will be ineligble to compete in senior international events until 2022 – but if she continues on this trajectory, Liu will undoubtedly be one of the biggest stars at the Winter Olympics that year in Beijing.
There’s a new superstar in American figure skating.