U.S. Figure Skater, 16, Announces Retirement Amid China’s Alleged Spying on Her Family
A U.S. figure skater – whose father was named in a Justice Department case as having been harassed by five alleged spies working on behalf of the Chinese government – has decided to retire from the sport at age 16.
Beijing Olympian Alysa Liu, 16, announced her retirement this weeked on Instagram.
“I started skating when I was 5, so that’s about 11 years on the ice, and it’s been an insane 11 years,” the post read. “A lot of good and a lot of bad but yk [you know] that’s just how it is.
“Now that I’m finally done with my goals in skating, I’m going to be moving on with my life,” she continued. “[Right now] I’m probably just gonna spend all my spare time with my family and friends; and i’m also going to study ykwim [you know what I mean], but fr [for real] this skating thing has taught me a lot more about life than I anticipated. I’m really glad i skated.”
The decision comes just one month after her father Arthur Liu said he was among the targets of five alleged Chinese government spies who were harassing Chinese dissidents in the U.S.
There was no indication Liu’s daughter’s retirement was precipitated by the DOJ case. Alysa Liu was referred in the court documents as a “family member” and was provided protection by the U.S. government when she traveled to Beijing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh in the women’s individual competition.
Arthur Liu came to the U.S. in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square massacre and was alerted to the FBI case in October 2021, Business Insider reported.
Liu won the bronze medal in the 2022 Figure Skating World Championships. Read more at Newsmax.