Alysa Liu of the United States performs during the ladies' short program at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, March 6, 2020. (Sergei Stepanov/Xinhua)
Two-time and reigning U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu, 14, left her long-time coach Laura Lipetsky and will train with a team of veteran coaches.
BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Two-time and reigning U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu has left her long-time coach Laura Lipetsky and will train with a team of veteran coaches, Liu revealed on the US Figure Skating (USFS) website on Tuesday.
Liu, 14, who became the youngest winner of the US women's title at 13 in 2019, won it again in January. She also took a bronze in the 2020 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
She had been coached by Lipetsky since she began skating at age five.
Alysa Liu performs during the ladies' free skating at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, March 7, 2020. (Sergei Stepanov/Xinhua)
"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."
"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 in the 2020-21 season. ■