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Team USA figure skater Alysa Liu outlines her journey and the sacrifices she had to make along the way to her first Olympics at just 16 years old.
ALYSSA LIU: I started skating when I was five. My dad brought me and my sister to the rink one day, and I really enjoyed it. So I started, like, group lessons, then I went into private lessons. And so, I'm 16 now, so I've been skating for, basically, 11 years. And yeah, it's just been training the whole time. It's pretty easygoing with, like, balancing my training life, and then my social life, because I skate with my friends, and then I hang out with them on the weekends.
And because I graduated-- I did online school all of high school because my training schedule was just too hard to deal with, with regular school. And I graduated high school in June. So now that that's over with, I'm a lot less stressed out. So it's a lot easier to focus on training. I've definitely learned a lot and matured a lot before. Before, I didn't really know why I was skating, I just skated because it was fun, and I was with my friends all the time.
But after, like, during the COVID season last year, I had more time to think about why I was skating, and why I wanted to do it. And so I mainly do it for, like, college and university, so that I can get into a good college for education. But I'm also doing it for myself. I figured that out last year. So it was definitely a learning experience. And it was good for me.