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Teenage figure skating sensation Alysa Liu brought K-pop to China on Sunday as she performed ITZY’s latest single, “LOCO,” at the Olympic Figure Skating Gala. The two-time United States champion placed seventh overall in the controversial women’s event but was invited to attend the gala, usually reserved for medalists.
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According to reports, Liu hadn’t prepared an exhibition program, but she was able to organize a last-minute program, skating to one of her favorite bands – and her favorite songs. The program, performed in front of a capacity-constrained crowd at Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium, featured upbeat choreography and a finishing pose inspired by ITZY’s video for “LOCO,” which racked up 151 million views on YouTube.
Sixteen-year-old Liu, who often talks about his love for K-pop on social media, took to Instagram after the gala, writing, “MY FAVORITE GALA PROGRAM I’VE EVER DID AND HAVE TO SKATE AT ITZY ?!!?!! this is really crazy. this is such a great way to end the olympics!! i couldn’t be happier.
Liu made history in 2019 when the 14-year-old became the youngest women’s national champion in US figure skating history. Known for her triple axel, the skater recently added to her repertoire, becoming the first American skater to land a quadruple lutz – four relaxed revolutions in the air.
“LOCO”, meanwhile, was the lead single from ITZY’s album, Crazy in Love, which the five-piece K-pop act dropped last fall. The album includes both English and Korean versions of “LOCO”, with Liu choosing to perform the latter. ITZY fans immediately trended the performance on Twitter, and the band retweeted a tweet from the Korean Olympic Committee, congratulating Liu on his performance.
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