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Loved up US figure skaters show how it's done on Valentine's Day

February 14, 2018 12:40 IST

The duo in question are 26-year-old Alexa Scimeca Knierim and her 30-year-old husband Chris Knierim, two-time US pairs champions making their Olympic debut, who started skating together in 2012 and were married four years later.

'We're just feeding off each other and reminding each other how lucky we are to be here. It's keeping us humble and happy'

US figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Kneirim perform during the pair skating short program competition at the Gangneung Ice Arena at Gangneung, South Korea on Wednesday

IMAGE: US figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Kneirim perform during the pair skating short program competition at the Gangneung Ice Arena at Gangneung, South Korea on Wednesday. Photograph: John Sibley/Reutere

There will be no big Valentine's Day celebration for one husband and wife figure skating pair, who are choosing rest and relaxation over champagne and roses on Wednesday as another day of competition looms.

The duo in question are 26-year-old Alexa Scimeca Knierim and her 30-year-old husband Chris Knierim, two-time US pairs champions making their Olympic debut, who started skating together in 2012 and were married four years later.

The two embraced and kissed after finishing their short programme on Wednesday, with Chris gently running a hand over his wife's hair.

"It's Valentine's Day and I think we showed how much we love each other and love to skate with each other during the programme," Chris told reporters after the pair finished 14th to just about qualify for the free skate.

Just two years ago, Alexa developed a rare gastrointestinal illness that saw her weight plummet to 36 kg (80 lb) before several abdominal surgeries solved the life-threatening issue.

Her absence took months off their training schedule as she was forced to learn the basic skating moves from scratch until her strength returned.

"It makes this journey so much different and possibly more special than anyone who hasn't experienced the super lows of life," Alexa said.

"We're just feeding off each other and reminding each other how lucky we are to be here. It's keeping us humble and happy."

The two helped the US figure skating team win bronze in the team competition earlier this week but struggled on Wednesday after she touched the ice with her hand in a throw triple flip.

Asked how they planned to celebrate making it into the top-16 pairs advancing to Thursday's free skate, they both said they would rest.

"We have another programme tomorrow and that will be the last of our Olympic journey," Chris said.

"So we're just going to rest, recover and get ready for tomorrow morning."

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