Double the Triple Axels, Double the History
On January 25th, history was made at the US National Figure Skating Championship. Alysa Liu landed not one, but two triple axels in the same program, the first time the feat had been accomplished by an American woman. This in itself would be newsworthy, but at 13 years old, those triple axels propelled Liu to become the youngest U.S. women’s champion.
While Liu’s success at the U.S. championships is exciting, it is just as exciting to consider her potential impact on international competition in the coming years. As of right now, Liu is too young to even compete in the Junior World Championships and will only be able to do so in 2020. It’s hard to predict future success in a sport such as figure skating, especially when Liu is so young, but her performance certainly instills hope in America’s future generations of figure skaters. For the past several years of international competition, Russian and Japanese figure skaters have been dominating the podium with many a triple, and sometimes a quadruple axel. Liu shows that young American figure skaters have the determination to join the ever-escalating level of international competition. Hopefully we will see Liu on the ice at the Beijing Olympics in 2022, when she will be 16 and fresh out of junior level international competition, ready to face the best of the best.