Prodigious figure skater retires at 16: The story of Alysa Liu, Valieva’s opponent in the Winter Olympics final

DrDespite being only 13 years old, Alyssa Liu It was the talk of the town in the United States. She was a national champion in figure skating and was on her way to stardom in high school.

broke the youth record of legend Tara Lipinski, gold medalist in Nagano 1998, and three years later Leo She announced her retirement from high-level competition.

Leo Participate in 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijingbut she did not manage to win a medal, finishing seventh in the singles event, which made headlines because of Camila Valeeva.

The 15-year-old Russian player, who failed a drug test before games, was unlucky to finish fourth after falling twice. weeks later, Leo She won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Montpellier and has now announced her retirement.

“I feel good about the way my skating career has gone,” he said. Leo.

“Now that I’m finally done with my skating goals, I’m going to move on with my life. This skate thing has taught me a lot more about life than I ever expected. I’m really glad I skated.”