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13-Year-Old Becomes The Youngest To Win Title In U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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13-Year-Old Becomes The Youngest To Win Title In U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The younger generation is making history as a 13-year-old figure skater takes the title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Alysa Liu just became the youngest winner of an individual title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit on Friday.

The 13-year-old figure skater received a score of 217.51, just a few points ahead of 20-year-old Bradie Tennell who was last years winner.

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As soon as she saw her scores, Liu began to cry tears of joy as she was in disbelief of what an amazing skate she had just had.

“I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program,” Liu said, according to TIME.

The last person who held a record in the women’s champion at nationals was Tara Lipinski in 1997 when she was 14.

“Records are made to be broken,” Lipinski said after Liu’s win, per TIME. “It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent.”

Aside from her age being a record-breaking win, she also became the first American woman to successfully perform two triple axels in the long program at nationals, as well as the first to land a triple axel in the short program at national championships.

Related: Simone Biles Makes History As First Woman To Win Four All-Around World Titles

Congrats to the young skater. Take a look at her performance below and let us know what you think!

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