U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Alysa Liu Retires at Age 16

United States Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu announced on Instagram on April 9 that she was retiring from the sport at the age of 16.

“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,” Liu wrote in the caption of her post.

Liu added that she would probably be spending time with her family and friends, in addition to studying.

“This skating thing has taught me a lot more about life than I anticipated. I’m really glad I skated,” Liu further said.

Liu had been skating for 11 years since she was five years old.

Liu became the youngest woman ever to win in the U.S. national senior in 2019 at the age of 13. A year later, she successfully defended her title with a national scoring record of 235.52, becoming the youngest two-time champion.

Liu’s announcement comes two months after she finished seventh in the controversial women’s event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

It was revealed after the Olympics that Liu and her father, a former political refugee, were among those targeted in a spying operation allegedly ordered by the Chinese government.

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