Alysa Liu became the first American woman to land a quad in competition when she hit her signature quadruple lutz during a dominant free skate to win the Junior Grand Prix on Saturday.
Liu, 14, opened her program in Lake Placid, New York, with the tough triple axel, then landed a triple lutz-triple toe combination and a sequence that included a triple lutz and a triple salchow. The result was a free skate score of 80.14, nearly 14 points clear of second place.
Liu also won the short program to finish the Grand Prix with 208.10 points. Yeonjeong Park was second with 186.58 points, and Russia's Anastasia Tarakanova edged South Korea's Seoyeon Ji by 0.03 points for third.
"It's a good learning experience since it's only my first junior Grand Prix and one of my first big competitions this season," said Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. women's figure skating champion in history. "I'm just trying to keep learning from this."
Only a handful of women have landed quads in competition. Japan's Miki Ando was the first in 2002, landing a quad salchow at the Junior Grand Prix. Russia's Alexandra Trusova was the first woman to land the more difficult quad lutz during her free skate at the Junior Grand Prix last year.
Liu landed the quad lutz during the recent Aurora Games, but that event is unsanctioned. The jump she landed on Saturday will go down in history as a breakthrough for American skaters.
"It's pretty cool," she said, "but I don't obsess over it."