"I had asked Chris to pick up the slack for me today because I knew I'd be more tired, but my adrenaline kicked in and I rose to the occasion and I think his fatigue settled in more maybe because he was concerned for me", Scimeca Knierim said. After their short program routine on Wednesday, February 14, Chris presented Alexa with a giant teddy bear and a sweet heart-shaped note that read, "Will you (still) be mine?"
During figure skating's team event they sat cuddled together in the bullpen, cheering on the rest of the United States squad, having already played a major role in helping the Americans to bronze with two strong skates.
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Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won the gold in one of the closest pairs competitions in Olympic history, their 235.90 points just.43 ahead of China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong. Unfortunately, we had too many mistakes today and it was one of our lowest scores. "I wanted to lift the spirits of those who are probably mourning", Alexa continued.
But, the 26-year-old said: "I grew confidence in a different area".
The Knierims - a husband and wife team - struggled in their Free Skate and will not win a medal in Pairs. They're living it, and even sealed their opening Olympic performance last week with a couple of on-ice kisses. They are now competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where they helped the USA team secure a bronze model earlier this week. They finished 15 out of 16 pairs skaters in the final.
The next time you have a "domestic" with your nearest and dearest, spare a thought for love-on-ice couple Chris and Alexa Knierim. 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.
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"It felt great", Chris said. "But it was nice we got it out on Olympic ice".