Married couples are somewhat common in figure skating. Think about it – you’re working together all the time, you’re in great shape, you have intimate physical contact, and the OUTFITS. The couple of Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim made it all the way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
During their pair’s performance, we got this picture, which made it look like Alexa is rethinking the relationship. Chris is still into it, as far as we can tell, and he’s not about to let his ice princess go. Don’t worry about this couple – Chris has stepped away from the skates, but their relationship is strong.
A Long Way Down
In the previous Winter Olympics, US figure skater Adam Rippon had been promising, if not a headliner. When he landed in Pyeongchang, however, he ended up being somewhat of a disappointment for the team, getting the tenth place in the singles event. His routine was actually well done, but there were too many better performers.
A quick photographer grabbed this image of Rippon horizontal to the ground as he pulled off a maneuver. The way the photo is arranged makes it look like he's just standing on the ice, and the Olympic rings behind him are upright, but in fact, it's the opposite.
Please Work, Please Work, Please Work
Here we have Russian figure skaters Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova pulling off a move that...we think that Bobrova is wearing...we don't know what's happening here. We don't know if it's safe, and we're not even sure if it's legal.
What we are sure of is Bobrova is really hoping that the move goes well since it doesn't look like she has all that much control over what part of her body is going to hit the ice first, and the face that Soloviev is pulling makes us worry about what happened when they tried to disengage. Good luck, Bobrova.
Do You Trust Me?
"Yeah, no problem, just toss me up into the air while I'm wearing knives on my feet, and then catch me moments before I suffer an ice-related demise." No doubt this is what Russian figure skater Natalia Zabiiako had going through her head as she spun feet above Alexander Enbert in 2018.
We can only hope the things going through Enbert's head were “Catch her, catch her, catch her,” over and over until Zabiiako was safely back on the ground. Maybe he also threw in a “Watch out for the knives on her feet” in there somewhere, just to cover all of his bases.
Worth it All
Reaching the podium at the Olympics is big. Really big. You only get the chance to compete every four years, and you're going up against the best in the world, no matter what country you're from. So if, like Norway's Marit Bjørgen, you get all the way to the gold medal spot, and you jump for joy, nobody will think anything of it.
Bjørgen brought home the gold to her home country, and it's no surprise to anyone – she is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, and this medal in cross-country skiing was just one more for the trophy case.