American skating star Alysa Liu retires at 16 | More sports news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. figure skater Alysa Liu, who won bronze at this year’s world championships and competed in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, has announced her retirement at the age of 16, saying she had achieved all her goals.
“I’m here to announce that I’m retiring from skating,” the two-time US national champion wrote on Instagram.
“I started skating when I was 5, so it’s been about 11 years on the ice and it’s been a crazy 11 years.
“A lot of good and a lot of bad but that’s the way it is. I made so many friends and so many good memories that I will have for the rest of my life. Honestly, I never thought I would. I would have accomplished as much.
Liu made United States history when she won the national title in 2019 at the age of 13, landing triple axis jumps, a rare feat for a skater, and successfully defending her title l ‘Next year.
She was too young to compete internationally at the senior level, but she made the US Olympic team despite testing positive for Covid-19 in January.
She finished seventh in Beijing in an event dominated by doping controversy surrounding pre-competition favorite Kamila Valieva of Russia.
Liu then finished third behind Kaori Sakamoto of Japan and Loena Hendrickx of Belgium at the world championships in France last month, with the Russian skaters not competing.
It was the first world championship medal for an American since Ashley Wagner in 2016.
“I’m so happy with how my skating career has gone,” the Californian continued.
“Now that I’m finally done with my skating goals, I’m going to move on with my life.”

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