Alysa Liu On What Tara Lipinski Told Her After Breaking Her Skating Record | TODAY
just 13 years old and standing four foot seven ELISA Liu is making a big name for herself in the world of Figure
Skatingover the weekend she became the youngest cater ever to win the US Championships stealing the show with not one but two triple axels that somebody that's something that no woman in this competition has ever done before and this morning we are truly delighted to meet ELISA and have her with us good morning congratulations thank you we could watch that over and over and over again have you watched it yeah I have a few times okay and
whatdo you think when you see it can you believe this is real this isn't this really happened like yes I did this I did this I'm just looking at over everything I did so take us to that moment like right before you get onto the ice okay
whatdoes it feel like to be you
whatare you saying to yourself
whatare you feeling inside I'm telling myself like over and over again I can do it just do it and I'm actually nervous before I get right before I get on but me and my coach do you like our ritual which
what's that so I jump up and down eight times in the landing position and it's like a superstition if I don't do it so eight times yeah well it seems to work you got to keep doing it so you do this amazing performance you win the national figure
whatwas it like to be on that metal podium and suddenly everybody's looking at you and they know your name it's really cool...
actually I'm I was so happy I actually couldn't get on the podium of that yeah they had to help me up but it's a cool photo now when you were waiting for your scores because I mean we all thought you killed it but I don't when you were sitting there waiting for those numbers to pop up on the screen did you think wow I think I had like one of my best performances ever yes I was thinking that and I was also nervous because I didn't know
whatmy score was gonna be but I just hoped it was like better than
whatI could have done
whatyeah how long you been
skatinglike this Kate years since I was five since you were five years old is this the kind of thing that you dream about like this moment yes and I know everyone's asked you this but are you dreaming about the Olympics too yeah but you'll be when will you be ready because you're so young you you have to wait yeah I can't even do internationals either but I get extra practice before one of the cool things that happened was once you got the medal for this you said well you know
whatI'm not gonna keep this medal I'm gonna give it to my dad because he deserves it why do you think your dad deserves that because he he just helps me so much he brings me to the rink every day and I think he puts in a lot of effort in deserves it long hours huh can you imagine sitting in the audience being him we happen to have your dad standing you must be summer therm out of this amazing young woman yes...
okay so put us in your shoes for a second you're sitting in the bleachers you're watching her she steps out onto the ice you seemed calm in the audience