Knierims dedicate Olympic skate to Florida shooting victims

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim

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Following the news of Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, the USA skating pair performed with a heavy heart in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. "One we might never have again".

In 2016, Alexa was diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal gastrointestinal illness after suffering repeated vomiting episodes.

Team USA "s Alexa and Chris Knierim are a married couple competing in the Olympics".

A heated exchange over the cornflakes needs to be quickly forgotten if, like Alexa, you have to put your total trust in the man you would have happily throttled just a short time earlier. Two surgeries cured the worst of the problem, but left her with a long scar on her abdomen and cost the pair months of training. "But it was nice we got it out on Olympic ice". Combined with the other team events, the United States earned a bronze medal in the event. I told Chris today he'd need to be so much stronger than me.

Maia and Alex Shibutani competed for the the team portion, finishing second to the Canadian duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who are viewed as one of the gold-medal favorites.

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For Scimeca Knierim, the Olympics are an opportunity to "glorify God, and my followers know that that's my goal and it makes me happy", she told People.

"It's been the hardest two years of our lives together".

But at least they executed a clean quad twist, where Alexa completes four horizontal revolutions high above the ice before Chris catches her. They're living it, and even sealed their opening Olympic performance last week with a couple of on-ice kisses. "I am disappointed with the way we performed today, but so many people at home are hurting because their children have died". "But in between is where I can just look at her and skate and, you know, I think people in the audience can see the connection".

But, the 26-year-old said: "I grew confidence in a different area".

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