A husband and wife figure skating pair have chosen to rest and relax over champagne and roses on Valentine's Day after qualifying for the main event on Wednesday. But she says she was stressed out when she saw the news on television at the arena. Days after winning bronze in the team portion, the married couple sealed their romantic short program set to "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge! with a kiss.
Medal winners for the figure skating pairs program of the 2018 Winter Olympics will be crowned Wednesday evening, following the second-part of the competition: the free skate.
There was that. But there was also the fact that they competed on Wednesday, which is Valentine's Day in Gangneung, South Korea, and Chris, 30, came prepared. By the time she had a third surgery in November of that year - about 15 months before these Games - she and her husband had no idea what skating would look like when she returned. "This journey is really between Chris and I.it's not about our score and it's not about the other teams being better than us".
"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".
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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.
The German pair of Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won the gold medal. 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 US medal hopes with an inspired performance. Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, the North Korean pair who turned in a clean, crowd-pleasing skate, will enter the free skate in 11th place. Ondrej has so far spent Valentine's Day in competition, competing with partner Valentina Marchei in the short program. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China will enter the free skate in the lead.
The Knierims will not approach that fourth-place finish.