Knierims advance to pairs free skate

Faith Castro
February 16, 2018

The couple, the only US team among the 16 finalists in the pairs figure skating free skate competition, took to the ice mere hours after 17 children and staff were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. She lost a significant amount of weight, dropping down to 80 pounds.

Alexa, 26, underwent several abdominal surgeries, at one point dropping to 80 pounds, before resuming training with Chris, 30, early past year. "This journey is really between Chris and's not about our score and it's not about the other teams being better than us. It will be a most unique bond because there is no other pair competing at the Games that is married, so it will be one in a million", added Alexa. The Knierim's won the US International Classic in September, and won a bronze medal on Sunday.

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

"It's been the hardest two years of our lives together", Alexa Knierim said. "But there was nothing that I could do to help her, even though that's all I wanted to do", Chris told NBC in an emotional interview.

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But by February 2017, the Knierim were back on the ice, competing at an worldwide level. "We may be living in a different world over here with the Olympic hype, but we're hurting for them".

"Today was much more than about us". "But in between is where I can just look at her and skate and, you know, I think people in the audience can see the connection".

But at least they executed a clean quad twist, where Alexa completes four horizontal revolutions high above the ice before Chris catches her.

While we're all celebrating our love today, the Olympians celebrated it last night in PyeongChang (They're 14 hours ahead of us on the east coast). After all, why watch the Olympics for the triumph of the human spirit, when you can just tune in for the romance factor?

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