Illinois skater Alexa Knierim and her partner Brandon Frazier ended their Winter Olympics with an incredible performance in the pair figure skating event that announcer Tara Lipinski said gave her “chills” .
Knierim and Frazier, skating to Coldplay’s “Fix You,” quickly rose to the front of the pack with only a few skaters left. They finished with a score of 138.45, which combined with their short program score of 74.23 gave them a total of 212.68.
“I got chills,” Lipinski said. “That’s what the Olympics is all about.”
“It was so excellent,” added Johnny Weir.
That score was enough to put them briefly first, but China’s Cheng Peng and Yang Jin took the lead soon after and as the last pairs took their skates, the United States was knocked out of the medal chase.
Fellow USA team skaters Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc stumbled in their free skate.
Knierim, who is from Addison, Illinois, said she went into her free skate just trying to be “me.”
“[Saturday] I’m just letting go…I’m not trying to be anything or trying to fix what I did last time,” she said. I’m just going to be present and not fight or change how I feel. Just be myself.”
Knierim and Frazier were the US duo with the highest score heading into the final free skate.
The duo, who first paired up in 2020, placed third in their short program in the team event. Frazier is making her Olympic debut in Beijing and Knierim won bronze in that event at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics while competing with her husband and former skating partner, Chris Knierim.
“We competed exactly how we skated and what we intended to do,” Frazier said. “I’m so proud and still enjoying the Olympic experience. But most of all, so proud of what Alexa and I are doing and how we hold each other. Some things were a little tight but mostly we went there- down and attacked this program and gave it everything we had.”