Married US Olympic Skaters Pair up on Valentine's Day

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Chris and Alexa will be taking to the Gangneung Ice Arena surface today for the figure skating pairs competition. China's Weinjing Sui and Con Hang took the No. 1 score (82.39) of the night, barely edging out Russian athletes Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (81.68).

For many couples, this will mean a last-minute scramble to sort something for the occasion, but in PyeongChang, a few could probably be forgiven for not giving today priority.

"I have some insecurities now that I didn't have before, but I'm able to work on it and move forward because I've shifted my focus and my attention to my faith instead of myself". They talk about the times Chris had to hold Alexa's hands to guide her around the ice when she couldn't make it alone, about cutting training sessions short because she couldn't last - about struggles to stand, let alone skate.

"I told Chris today that the world is so much bigger than us ..."

They now are in 14th place after their short program and are scheduled to take the ice again Wednesday (Feb. 14) for their final free skate in the pairs figure skating competition. Ondrej has so far spent Valentine's Day in competition, competing with partner Valentina Marchei in the short program.

"Even though we're here in Pyeongchang, our hearts are with them".

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It's been an emotional but fulfilling week for the Knierims, whose primary job as the only USA pairs in Korea was in the team competition.

Two days later, they had a bronze medal around their necks. And they are so looking forward to it particularly because they are the only married figure skating pair at these Winter Games. Wednesday, they could skate together, consumed by a program soaked with meaning, set - deliberately - to "Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge".

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

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".

The Knierims are the first married American couple at the Olympics for 20 years, according to NBC.

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