David Liu

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This article is about a Taiwanese athlete. For American chemist, see David R. Liu.
David Liu
Personal information
Country represented Chinese Taipei
Born (1965-08-12) August 12, 1965 (age 51)
Taipei, Taiwan
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former coach Sonya Dunfield, Toller Cranston
Former choreographer JoJo Starbuck, Lea Ann Miller
Former training locations New York City
Began skating 1973
Retired 1998

David Liu (Traditional Chinese: 劉 中達, pinyin: liú zhōng dá, born August 12, 1965) is a Taiwanese former competitive figure skater. He won silver medals at the 1991 Piruetten and 1992 Grand Prix International St. Gervais. He represented Taiwan at three Olympics, reaching the free skate at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, where he finished 17th.

Personal life[edit]

Liu was born on August 12, 1965 in Taipei, Taiwan.[1] He moved to the United States when he was six years old.[2]

He has moved to Korea with his wife and two kids.[citation needed]



Liu began skating in 1973.[1] At the 1990 World Championships, he became the last male skater to perform a compulsory figure in a major ISU event before they were discontinued.[3]

Liu made his first Olympic appearance at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ranked 25th in the compulsory figures and 23rd in the short program, he missed the cut-off for the free skate by one spot. He reached the final segment at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, placing 17th in the short program, 19th in the free skate, and 17th overall.

Liu did not compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In March, he qualified for the free skate at the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, and finished 21st overall (9th in his qualifying group, 23rd in the short, 20th in the free).

Liu placed 27th in the short program at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.[4] He retired from eligible competition at the end of the season. During his career, he was coached by Toller Cranston and Sonya Dunfield.[1]

Later career[edit]

Liu formerly worked as a choreographer and co-director for the Ice Theatre of New York.[2] Since 1990, he has performed and choreographed for numerous ballet companies around the world including major companies in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany and the United Kingdom. He has directed and choreographed major ice show presentations in China at the grand opening of the World Ice Arena Shenzhen in 2005 and the new World Ice Arena Hangzhou in 2010. Liu co-directs and produces ice shows with his business partner Darren Olivero of Solidwater Productions based in New York and Hong Kong.

Liu is involved in both television and dance programs in Hong Kong.


Season Short program Free skating
  • M.A.Y. in the Backyard
    by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • The Sheltering Sky
    by Ryuichi Sakamoto


Event 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Olympics 25th 17th 27th
Worlds 25th 25th 28th 27th 31st 21st 29th 39th 31st
Piruetten 2nd 12th
St. Gervais 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d e "David LIU". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Staff Biographies". Ice Theater of New York. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ Where Are They Now: David Liu
  4. ^ "David Liu". Sports Reference. 

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