U. S. pair lands quad, falls twice
Addison native Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and husband Chris Knierim became the first Americans to land a quad twist in Olympic competition when they hit the four- revolution element in the pairs free skate Thursday, but the rest of their program didn’t go nearly as well.
Knierim fell on both of their triple jumps, a salchow and a toeloop that was supposed to lead into a double toeloop. The couple was also out of sync on a combination spin and was a bit shaky on a throw triple flip. They wound up 15th out of 16 teams in the free dance.
Afterward, Scimeca- Knierim broke down in tears, saying the shootings at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead had her ‘‘ emotionally drained.’’ She didn’t, however, blame the shootings for their poor routine.