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VIDEO: ‘I want people to watch me and remember me,’ says figure skater Michael Xie

on March 15, 2022

Figure skater Michael Xie is a familiar face at the Oakland Ice Center, where he has been training for the past year and a half under coach Laura Lipetsky. The 16-year-old from Washington comes to Oakland for weeks at a time to master jumps and perfect his performances before national competitions. 

The rink is becoming more widely known in the figure skating community, having nurtured Olympian Alysa Liu, who came in seventh at the Beijing games this winter and until 2020, had been coached by Lipetsky. 

 “I enjoy the experience in Oakland,” Xie said. “It is a very motivating ice rink and a good training environment.”

In this video, Xie talks about what it means to be part of a growing Asian-American skating community and the backlash that he and other Asian-American skaters, including Olympic gold-medalist Nathan Chen, have faced.

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