U.S. National Figure Skating Championship Held at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

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U.S. National Figure Skating Championship Held at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

Giuliana Lutfy, Staff Writer

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This past month, Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena held the US National Figure Skating Championships. The last time Detroit held this competition was back in 1994, at the Joe Louis Arena, where Nancy Kerrigan, the competitor favored to win, was mysteriously hit on her knee and forced to withdraw from the competition. Another top skater Tonya Harding, was Nancy Kerrigan’s rival, and Tonya’s ex husband, Jeff Gillooly, planned this attack to insure Nancy would be knocked out of the competition.

 

Competitions took place from January 18 to January 27, with competitions from the 18-22 at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, and competitions the 22 through 27 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. A total of fifteen events were held at Little Caesars Arena, varying from juvenile to senior age levels in men’s singles, women’s singles, pairs, and ice dancing. The crowned champions will be awarded with a spot on the US national team and will be looked at for potential candidates for the 2022 winter Olympics if they can withhold their spot until then.

 

One of the skating prodigies to enter the competition this year was thirteen-year old Alysa Liu. With a total score of 217.51, Liu is the youngest female to compete and win the title in the juniors division in US history. During her free skate, Liu proceeded to impress the judges further with her outstanding performance, which contained eight triples and two triple axles throughout. With these two triple axles, and the one she had in her short program, Alysa Liu is now the youngest, and only, woman in US skating history to land a total of three triple axles at one competition.

 

With many other phenomenal performances throughout the nine day competition, such as former Olympians Nathan Chen, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, this year’s US National Figure Skating Championship was not only a huge success for the skaters, but also for our local Little Caesars Arena.

Alysa Liu, age 13

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue