Knierims advance to pairs free skate


"We wanted to skate for the 17 children that died in the Florida shooting". Also, that QUAD TWIST! The Knierim's finished their short program routine earning a 65.55 score, good for 14th place heading into the free skate portion.

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.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation were in second place with a score of 81.68, followed by Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford with a score of 76.82.

"I think I kind of put pressure on myself today because I wanted to honor those who were lost and skate really well for them and kind of have somewhat of a happy moment for our country", the Washington Post quoted Scimeca-Knierim as saying. "One we might never have again", Chris Knierim told USA TODAY Sports.

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They're the first married couple to compete for the pairs skating at the games since 1988, and they even sealed their performance with a kiss. Even though we're here in Pyeongchang, our hearts are with them.

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The two embraced and kissed after finishing their short programme on Wednesday, with Chris gently running a hand over his wife's hair.

The Knierims own a bronze medal for the team event, of course.

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As it turned out, Chris and Alexa had a tough skate - Knierim fell on both of their triple jumps, they out of synch on their combination spin and a bit shaky on their throw triple flip, according to the AP.

They bobbled it at the U.S. Championships last month in San Jose, and U.S. coaches asked them to play it safe in the team free program and downgrade it to a triple twist. "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.

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