Alexa and Chris Knierim: Everything you need to know about the married U.S. figure skaters
If there’s one thing we love, it’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics. And if there’s two things we love, it’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics and adorable people in love. So needless to say, we’re currently all about Alexa and Chris Knierim, 2018 Winter Olympic figure skating partners and a married couple. Alexa and Chris are the first U.S. husband-and-wife duo to compete in the Olympic games since 1998.
Not only that, but the pair are the only U.S. figure skating couple in the entire 2018 games — meaning they’re our only shot at a medal in that category this year (no pressure, guys).
The couple initially met through their mutual trainer in 2012, started dating a month later, and were engaged in 2014. They say that their partnership off the ice definitely helps them on it.
The duo is specifically known for what’s known as a “quad twist,” which entails Alexa spinning in the air four times while parallel to the ice. Take a look:
They’ve won two National titles and also served as alternates in the Sochi Winter games. Basically, these guys are ready to play.
And they’ve earned it. In 2016, Alexa underwent three separate surgeries after being diagnosed with a rare and dangerous gastrointestinal condition. At her sickest point, she weighed only 80 pounds and they were forced to withdraw from all competitions. In that same People.com interview, Alexa said that she was so weak when she first returned to the ice that Chris literally had to hold her up.
We’re officially stoked to see Alexa and Chris skate this year, and we’re wishing them all the luck! You can find all the figure skating viewing times here.