US Figure Skaters Dedicate Olympic Routine To Florida Shooting Victims

How Olympians are celebrating Valentine's Day

It's hard to jump with a heavy heart.

They now are in 14th place after their short program and are scheduled to take the ice again Wednesday (Feb. 14) for their final free skate in the pairs figure skating competition.

"We are so privileged and lucky to be doing what we are doing, and it's so sad that 17 people died in the United States". After opening with a lovely quad twist lift, one of the discipline's more hard maneuvers, the toll of the past week of competition became apparent. Their score of 120.27, six below their season best, dropped them from 14 after the short program to 15 overall. Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China took silver.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation were in second place with a score of 81.68, followed by Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford with a score of 76.82. "We promised each other that, no matter what, mistakes or not, that we were going to be present every single second and really soak in the moment". I'm maybe being too tough on myself, but I wanted to lift the spirits of those who are probably mourning right now. "This is our life and we'll be able to tell our kids about it, so it goes much deeper than the traditional pair team", Alexa said. They're living it, and even sealed their opening Olympic performance last week with a couple of on-ice kisses.

Team USA has been well represented by its only pairs team.

Sportswriting is sometimes a game for hardened hearts and cynical eyes, but there is no two ways around it: The Knierim are a truly adorable couple on a gold medal scale.

Two days later, they had a bronze medal around their necks.

"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. He also helped them qualify for the final, which is on Wednesday.

The next time you have a "domestic" with your nearest and dearest, spare a thought for love-on-ice couple Chris and Alexa Knierim.

It wasn't enough to overcome hiccups in their two programs.

Valentine's Day short program coming up soon!

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