Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Love on ice: Olympic skating and dating

Love on ice: Olympic skating and dating

The couple scored a 65.55, which did not put them among the leaders, but was enough for them to advance to Thursday's free skate.

Ramona's Chris Knierim and wife Alexa ended their Olympic figure skating odyssey with a thud.

The couple first met when Chris Knierim picked Alexa up from the airport for a figure skating tryout in 2012.

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China are the world champions and look like the favorites in a fairly wide open event.

"We were soaking it in", Alexa said to NBC's Andrea Joyce. "We promised each other that, no matter what, mistakes or not, that we were going to be present every single second and really soak in the moment". I'm maybe being too tough on myself, but I wanted to lift the spirits of those who are probably mourning right now. Chris is competing for a gold medal in South Korea, and he still managed to give his wife the ideal Valentine's Day. "Even though we are here in Pyeongchang, our hearts are with them".

Despite not winning a medal in Pairs, they were an integral part of the USA winning the team bronze.

Two days later, they had a bronze medal around their necks. And they are so looking forward to it particularly because they are the only married figure skating pair at these Winter Games.

NBC reported that, after hearing the news, Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim chose to dedicate their final Olympic skate to the victims of the shooting. They returned it to their program last month after Alexa missed most of last season with an intestinal disorder that required three abdominal surgeries, and the hard element came to symbolize the completion of her recovery.

It is past them now, albeit not forgotten, and the Knierims now have the twin delights of Valentine's Day and their short program to focus on simultaneously.

"It felt great", Chris said.

Pairs final starts at 8:30 p.m., just in time to cuddle up with your Valentine and try to imagine the kind of trust required to allow someone to throw you up in the air, over ice, so you can land on one ¼-thick-blade.

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