Alysa Liu, 16, of Richmond, is set to compete in her first Olympic Games.
On Saturday, U.S. Figure Skating announced Liu among the three athletes selected for the women’s singles team that will compete in Beijing next month as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.
Joining Liu is 2022 U.S. Champion Mariah Bell and 2022 U.S. silver medalist Karen Chen.
Liu made the team despite having to withdraw from the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Nashville last week due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Liu is a two-time U.S. champion and was the youngest to ever achieve the feat at age 13. After earning the title, Liu was recognized by the City of Richmond during Mayor Tom Butt’s State of the City presentation. She’s also the 2020 World Junior bronze medalist and the 2019 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist.
“The 16-year-old was the first American woman in history to land a quadruple jump in international competition and the first in the world to land a triple Axel and quadruple jump in the same program,” according to U.S. Figure Skating.