||About Abi Liu (刘碧纯)
Abi began swimming when she was 8 years old in a small town in southern China.
Her first coach instilled in her the importance of technique, and as a result of
the benefit she received from it, it has become the central focus of her coaching philosophy.
After winning the Junior National Championships at 13 years old, Abi was recruited to
the Chinese National Team and was the youngest swimmer on the team at the time.
Her 7 years of hard work in Beijing paid off, as she became one of the top swimmers
in China. She was a national record holder in the 200 meter backstroke,
won the National Championships twice and the 1993 FINA World Cup and was a silver
medalist at the 1994 Asia Games.
As a coach, Abi believes in developing creative training methods that complement
each individual swimmer, and encourages her swimmers to pursue their personal goals.
As a result, her swimmers have been recognized as USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming
Age Group Record Holders and Top 10s, Olympic Trial and National qualifiers,
Junior National and Sectional finalists and Far Western and Junior Olympics champions.
She assisted the 2008 USA Olympic Team with swimmer statistics and has coached the
USA Swimming Diversity Camp at the Olympic Training Center and the North American
Challenge Cup, Western Zone and Pacific Coast All-Star teams.
Abi holds a BS in kinesiology and is interested in exercise physiology and
the science of body movements. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pacific
Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award, and is recognized as an American
Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 coach.