Two-time and reigning U.S. champion Alysa Liu announced today that she will begin training under a new team of coaches, including Lee Barkell, Lori Nichol and Massimo Scali. She has worked with all the coaches except Barkell in the past.
Liu, who became the youngest lady to win a U.S. title at age 13 in 2019, will continue to be based in Oakland, California.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be training under the guidance of a new team of coaches including Lee Barkell, Lori Nichol and Massimo Scali," Liu said. "I look forward to working with all my coaches even though some of them are located in different parts of the world.”
Liu is the youngest skater in history to land a triple Axel in international competitions (2018 Asian Open), and the first U.S. lady to land a quadruple Lutz in international competitions (2019 Junior Grand Prix Lake Placid and Poland). She also became the youngest skater to win back-to-back U.S. titles in 2019-20. Internationally, she won the silver medal at the 2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the bronze medal at the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Liu was previously coached by Laura Lipetsky.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my former coach Laura Lipetsky for everything she has done for me since the beginning of my career,” Liu said. “We’ve worked so closely together, and she has helped me get to where I am today.”
Liu will compete as a junior internationally and senior domestically during the 2020-21 season.