Faith brought Olympic figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim ‘back on the ice’

Religion News Service | 2/9/2018 | Emily McFarlan Miller
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(RNS) — After overcoming a life-threatening illness two years ago, Olympic pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim had to relearn how to skate. The touch of her husband and skating partner Chris Knierim’s hand was enough to reopen the wounds from her surgeries.

Scimeca Knierim lost a lot of faith in herself, she told Figure Skaters Online.

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But, the 26-year-old said: “I grew confidence in a different area. In a nutshell, I may have lost a lot of faith in myself, but I grew with my faith in God.

“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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The couple already has helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the team figure skating competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a season-best performance in the short program and overall fourth-place finish.

They currently 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.

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But, Scimeca Knierim told People magazine, “We’ve already won by being able to step on the ice.”

She and Knierim, 30, started skating together in 2012 when they were introduced by her coach and connected both on and off the ice, according to NBC. They married in 2016.

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Months later, Scimeca Knierim underwent her first of three stomach surgeries for a rare, potentially fatal gastrointestinal condition. The pair missed almost...
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