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Alysa Liu tells Today show anchors why she gave her U.S. Championships gold medal to her dad

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The newest U.S. ladies’ national champion, Alysa Liu, appeared on TODAY with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, adding that she’s watched her programs from Detroit.

“A few times,” she told the anchors. “Every time I watch, I’m like, ‘yes! I did this, I did this.’ I’m just looking over everything I did.”

Liu’s father, Arthur, stepped onto the TODAY set to describe his own emotions during his daughter’s performances at the championships.

“I was calm,” he said. “I had confidence in her. I knew that she was going to deliver.”

Liu gave her father her gold medal after the event because “he just helps me so much. He brings me to the rink every day. I think he puts in a lot of effort and deserves it.”

Liu, 13, is too young for the junior world championships this year, let alone the world championships. ISU rules states that participants in ISU Championships Series events must be 15 by July 1, 2018. Liu was born Aug. 8, 2005.

She will be eligible for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, however, and is looking forward to them. She would be 16 at those Games.

Check out the full interview from TODAY, below. She’s also scheduled to appear on Jimmy Fallon later Tuesday.

MORE: Skating prodigy Alysa Liu using the present to avoid future shock

As a reminder, you can watch Four Continents and the world championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Adam Rippon tells TODAY anchors his New Year’s resolution

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Adam Rippon guest-anchored part of the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s TODAY to kick off 2019 alongside Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dryer and Al Roker on Wednesday morning.

“I feel like this is a really great way to start the year,” Rippon told the anchors.

He caught everyone up on his holiday plans while joking about something Rippon and Roker have in common: appearances on “Will & Grace.”

Rippon also said that he recently “bought a place in Vegas,” and like any new homeowner, broke things almost immediately. But in order to leave the negativity of 2018 behind, Rippon quipped, he didn’t spend New Year’s Eve there.

Plus, the ultra-relatable Rippon admitted his New Year’s resolution: Get to the gym more, now that he’s retired from competition.

Check out the clip below:

VIDEO: What Adam Rippon loves, hates about the holidays

As a reminder, you can watch the U.S. Championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Missy Franklin, parents discuss ‘Relentless Spirit’ book on TODAY (video)

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Missy Franklin and her parents chronicle the ups and downs in her swimming career, from four gold medals in London to the disappointment of Rio, in their new book, “Relentless Spirit.”

The book came out Tuesday, four months after the Rio Olympic swimming competition began. The Rio Games were agonizing for Franklin, whose struggles since winning six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships reached a nadir in Brazil

Franklin devoted pages to both Olympics, of course, and also other difficult times in her career, such as debilitating back spasms at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and her decision in 2015 to change coaches.

Franklin also revealed that she was born via surrogate pregnancy.

MORE: Franklin eyes new spark after swimming ‘broke up’ with her

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