We know, we know, we’re supposed to be rooting for the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics. And we totally are. But we’re also rooting (just a tiny bit) for Austrian couples figure skaters Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer, because they’re too graceful and fiercely talented not to.
The skaters paired up just five years ago in 2013, which is hard to believe after watching them skate together. Kiefer had competed in couples skating for years before with partner Stina Martini, but Ziegler had only ever competed solo.
“I took a step back from skating for a couple of months and then slowly started to train again, but the fun never came back and I seemed to have lost the light-hearted approach to my skating,” she’s said of her decision to abandon solo skating in an interview with the SkateGuard1 blog.
Fortunately, they’re pretty good at it. Ziegler and Kiefer are five-time Austrian champions, and they took 17th place in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (They seem to like each other off the rink just a ~little~ bit, too).
We can’t wait to watch Miriam and Severin compete together! Find all of the Olympic figure skating viewing times here.