Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Alysa Liu practices pre-competition ritual with Jimmy Fallon

Alysa Liu

Alysa Liu reacts after her score was announced in the women’s free skate during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Detroit. Liu won the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Alysa Liu appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. She convinced Fallon to take part in her pre-competition ritual.

“My coach taught me this,” she said. “I’ve been doing it since I was younger. If I don’t do it, I’m like, ‘Oh no. I’m gonna do bad.’ So I do it every time just to make sure I do well.”

She jumps up and down three times before landing on her right leg, simulating some of her jumping elements from competition.

Liu, 13, was continuing her TV tour, which included a morning stop on TODAY with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb and an appearance on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

She also told Fallon that her friends joked with her about the way she sounded while crying of joy at her victory, which made her the youngest ever U.S. ladies’ champion.

Check out the interview with Fallon below:

MORE: Tara Lipinski calls Alysa Liu ‘the future’

As a reminder, you can watch Four Continents and the world championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!