The 13-year old girl who made history on Friday, by becoming the youngest person to win the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship, was born in Clovis.
Alysa Liu is the first female in American history to land three triple axels in a competition. According to Alysa’s father, Arthur Liu, the teen was born in Clovis in 2005, via a surrogate mother. Arthur said he always wanted a family, and sought out a surrogate in the Central Valley.
“I found an agency who introduced me to the surrogate and her family, and they’re wonderful people,” said Arthur.
Arthur raised Alysa and her four siblings in the Bay Area. It was there where Alysa began skating at the age of five, said Arthur.
“She’s a fierce competitor,” exclaimed Arthur.
Clovis Chamber of Commerce executive director Greg Newman said, “We heard she had ties to Clovis. Of course, we were very excited.”
Newman said Alysa’s accomplishments shine a light on her hometowns.
“We’re very proud of people from Clovis. We’re very proud of their accomplishments, and we’re especially proud when people with Clovis ties are successful on the world stage,” stated Newman.
Arthur said proud is an understatement for what he feels for his daughter. He said they both cried when she won the championship, and they both look forward to her future.
“I told her, you know, it doesn’t matter, you know, you just do your best,” Arthur ended.
Alysa cannot qualify for the world championships just yet, because she’s too young, but she will be eligible for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, when she will be 16-years old.