U. S. pair lands quad, falls twice

Chicago Sun-Times - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

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.

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