Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim compete during the pairs short program Wednesday at the PyeongChang Olympics. Knierim fell on a subsequent jump and put a hand down on another, and Scimeca-Knierim blamed herself for asking her husband to carry a greater part of their performance after she was up much of the night with an illness that stretched into the morning. "I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I'm trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it's okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that's kind of what we're supposed to". "We wanted to tribute to the USA for their loss", said Alexa after the performance.
A husband and wife figure skating pair have chosen to rest and relax over champagne and roses on Valentine's Day after qualifying for the main event on Wednesday. Ondrej has so far spent Valentine's Day in competition, competing with partner Valentina Marchei in the short program. Sui and Hang snagged first place with an incredibly emotional skate to K.D. Lang's version of "Hallejuah".
But, the 26-year-old said: "I grew confidence in a different area".
It's been an emotional but fulfilling week for the Knierims, whose primary job as the only US pairs in Korea was in the team competition.
The two landed the four-revolution element during their free skate program.
Two days later, they had a bronze medal around their necks.
Despite saying they were affected by the sad news from back home, the pair managed to pull off an Olympic first, according to U.S. Figure Skating. 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. This, then, was a small measure of redemption. "It was the highlight of our program, unfortunately".
"After the Olympics, Alexa's sister is getting married and we're going on a cruise in Alaska", Chris tells Us Weekly exclusively.