U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu landed a quadruple Lutz for a second straight Junior Grand Prix, rallying from fourth after the short program to win an event in Poland on Friday.
Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, won both of her starts in her first season on the Junior Grand Prix to become the first U.S. woman to qualify for the six-skater Junior Grand Prix Final since 2013 (Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen). The Final is held with the senior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, in December.
She won Friday by 6.63 points by surpassing a pair of Russians, a rarity in this era. Her free skate is here.
Liu trailed by 4.03 points after doubling a planned triple loop in the short program. She was the lone skater in the field to attempt a triple Axel (landing three of them, including two in combination and one with a negative grade of execution) or a quad.
Liu tallied 138.99 points in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She ranks sixth in the world this season by best total scores among junior and senior skaters, though some top skaters have yet to compete.
Richmond teen Alysa Liu continued to dominate figure skating by winning her second Junior Grand Prix event in Gdansk, Poland, qualifying for the series final in December in Turin, Italy.
Liu, 14, rallied from fourth place after the short program late Friday to win the free skate in the Baltic Cup in, ahead of two Russians. Liu had her best international score yet with 138.99 points in the free skate.
Skating to “Illumination” by Jennifer Thomas, Liu started her free skate with a triple axel-double toe loop combination jump. She then landed a quadruple lutz and triple axel. Liu completed six more triple jumps to leapfrog the field.
Liu, who won the U.S. senior title in January, made her junior international debut last month with a Grand Prix victory in Lake Placid, New York. She became the first American woman to land a quadruple lutz in competition. Liu also became the first woman in history to successfully complete a quadruple lutz and triple axel in the same program.
Because of her age, Liu is ineligible to compete in international senior events until the 2021-22 season that includes the Winter Games in Beijing.
In January, Alysa Liu became the youngest US figure skating champion in history — she was only 13 years old. At the same competition, she also became the first woman to land two triple axels in a single program at nationals, and we were in awe of her talent.
Alysa mesmerized us once again with her performance on Aug. 24 at the Aurora Games, a women's sports festival, becoming the first US woman to land a quadruple Lutz in a competition. Unfortunately, her accomplishment doesn't officially count because the Aurora Games isn't a sanctioned competition, but that just means she has more time to perfect the skill and impress us once again.
At 14, Alysa is too young to compete in the senior international competitions (she won't be able to compete until the 2022 Olympic season, according to NBC Sports), but we'll still be rooting her on regardless. If you're ready to be amazed, check out the full video above.