As the only US pairs team, they skated both short and free programs in the team event (the men's and ladies rotated athletes to save legs) and the fatigue seemed to catch up with them in the regular pairs competition.
"I had asked Chris to pick up the slack for me today because I knew I'd be more tired, but my adrenaline kicked in and I rose to the occasion and I think his fatigue settled in more maybe because he was concerned for me", Scimeca Knierim said.
Months later, Scimeca Knierim underwent her first of three stomach surgeries for a rare, potentially fatal gastrointestinal condition. They are the first married American couple to compete at the Olympics in 20 years.
Valentine's Day short program coming up soon!
Pairs final starts at 8:30 p.m., just in time to cuddle up with your Valentine and try to imagine the kind of trust required to allow someone to throw you up in the air, over ice, so you can land on one ¼-thick-blade. Combined with the other team events, the United States earned a bronze medal in the event. Their highlight came in the short program of the three-day event, when they skated next after gold-medal favorite Nathan Chen had bombed but propped up USA medal hopes with an inspired performance. "Today was much more than about us".
The pair, who began skating together in 2012 and were married by their coach in a skating-themed wedding four years later, bring a story of redemption and reclamation to the 2018 games. "We may be living in a different world over here with the Olympic hype, but we're hurting for them".
"I think it shows while we are skating more than ever how much we love each other", Chris said.
Before we get too sappy it should be noted that both of them are fierce competitors, with a strong desire to show why they are two-time national champions to get into the mix in Pyeongchang.
"I just had to relearn everything on the ice", Alexa said.