Winter Olympics: Americans land quad twist in pairs free skate

Winter Olympics: Americans land quad twist in pairs free skate

In this case, on Valentine's Day a world away from home and 15 months after Alexa battled through a gastrointestinal problem that threatened her life, what mattered was a love story.

"Today was much more than about us".

Despite not winning a medal in Pairs, they were an integral part of the US winning the team bronze. Pound by pound, week by week, one half of the best American pairs figure skating team withered to somewhere around 80 pounds. Wednesday, they could skate together, consumed by a program soaked with meaning, set - deliberately - to "Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge".

"We are not upset at all with the score or the way we skated; we are just honored to be here", Scimeca Knierim said, according to U.S. Figure Skating via NBC.

"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".

Scimeca Knierim lost a lot of faith in herself, she told Figure Skaters Online.

The couple, the only USA 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. "We hate to skate poorly enough for a team not here to feel they could've done better than us".

The Knierims competed today in pair skating.

But they did make history when they became the first Americans to land a quad twist in an Olympic competition when they hit the four-revolution element.

Here's cheering for a gold medal from the chilled out lovers! 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). Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are in third.

Thursday's competition included the North Korean pair of Ryom Tae Ok, 19, and Kim Ju Sik, 25, about whom little is known internationally. The Knierim's finished their short program routine earning a 65.55 score, good for 14th place heading into the free skate portion.

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