After Learning Of Shooting, Emotional US Pair Stumbles In Pairs Free Skate

After Learning Of Shooting, Emotional US Pair Stumbles In Pairs Free Skate

After Learning Of Shooting, Emotional US Pair Stumbles In Pairs Free Skate

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States react after receiving their score during the pairs skating short program. Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China took silver.

"I am disappointed with the way we performed today, but so many people at home are hurting because their children have died". 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?" "I kind of put pressure on myself and wanted to honor those who were lost today".

"I was not focused on it while we were skating, but now that we are done, after we've skated, there's an emotional hurt".

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"Even though we're here in Pyeongchang, our hearts are with them. We hate to skate poorly enough for a team not here to feel they could've done better than us".

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. They skated four stressful programs in a span of a week, and with practice sessions and early morning wake-up calls, it's been a wearing time.

Two days later, they had a bronze medal around their necks.

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The couple recaptured the USA national pairs title just last month and was named the only US pair on the Olympic team, according to NBC. 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.

In other Olympic news, American snowboarder Shuan White made history with his third Winter Olympics gold medal, this time in the halfpipe, where he scored an impressive 97.75 score in his final run; he became the first person to win a trio of Olympic gold medals in the sport. This, then, was a small measure of redemption. "That was the highlight of the program, unfortunately".

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