Husband-wife pair Chris, Alex Knierim take national title

6Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

SAN JOSE, Calif/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Alexa Scimeca-Knierim leaned forward nervously awaiting the score, hands clasped. She knew full well the previous pair had performed beautifully. Her own program with husband Chris featured a few minor mistakes.
It also had a beautiful quadruple twist high above the ice with a slight flaw, yet they also were the only ones to even attempt the high-difficulty element.
In a calming and reassuring gesture, her husband reached his right arm around her and rested his chin on Alexa’s left shoulder. Then came just what they had so strived for while fighting back from serious health challenges: a national championship.
The couple captured a second title three years after their first at the U.S. Figure Skating championships Saturday, likely securing their Olympic berth for the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
“I’m in disbelief,” Alex said, fighting back the tears. “I was not feeling confident we would come out on top.”
The Knierims led the short program two days earlier and followed with another strong showing in their free skate, scoring 135.60 points Saturday and 206.60 total. That put them in prime position with the U.S. Figure Skating committee that will pick the top pair to represent the U.S. next month, looking