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Alysa Liu tells Today show anchors why she gave her U.S. Championships gold medal to her dad

Alysa Liu

Alysa Liu holds her medal after winning the the women’s title during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


The newest U.S. ladies’ national champion, Alysa Liu, appeared on TODAY with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, adding that she’s watched her programs from Detroit.

“A few times,” she told the anchors. “Every time I watch, I’m like, ‘yes! I did this, I did this.’ I’m just looking over everything I did.”

Liu’s father, Arthur, stepped onto the TODAY set to describe his own emotions during his daughter’s performances at the championships.

“I was calm,” he said. “I had confidence in her. I knew that she was going to deliver.”

Liu gave her father her gold medal after the event because “he just helps me so much. He brings me to the rink every day. I think he puts in a lot of effort and deserves it.”

Liu, 13, is too young for the junior world championships this year, let alone the world championships. ISU rules states that participants in ISU Championships Series events must be 15 by July 1, 2018. Liu was born Aug. 8, 2005.

She will be eligible for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, however, and is looking forward to them. She would be 16 at those Games.

Check out the full interview from TODAY, below. She’s also scheduled to appear on Jimmy Fallon later Tuesday.

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