12-Year-Old Shocks Audience By Landing Surprise Triple Axel And Breaks World Record

by Amy Paige
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In August 2018, a 12-year-old figure skater shocked the crowd at the Asian Open Trophy competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

During her tango routine, she leaped high into the air, twisting and turning and successfully landing a surprise triple axel — the most difficult jump in women’s skating.

Her name is Alysa Liu, and she’s from Richmond, California. Not only has Alysa joined Tonya Harding, Kimmie Meissner, and Mirai Nagasu as the only American women to land a triple axel in a competition, but she also became the youngest woman in history to complete the jump in an international competition!

“It was very emotional for me to watch her making history, to land a clean triple axel in an international competition at age 12,” her father, Arthur, told the Mercury News.

Alysa spent two painstaking months mastering the record-breaking jump. “Alysa already has a sense of mature body movement on the ice,” one YouTube commenter writes. “The way she moves her arms, expresses the music, her head movements and gestures. It’s all there. It’s only going to get better and better.”

And as you’re about to see, all her hard work paid off.

Video credit: Jukin

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