Grand Prix Series Preview: Knierims Primed for a Successful Season

By Troy Schwindt

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - ISU/ISU via Getty Images

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun – ISU/ISU via Getty Images

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim hope to ride their late-season momentum into the 2017 Grand Prix Series.

The Colorado Springs-based pairs team missed the first half of last season as Scimeca Knierim battled serious health issues, only to return with strong showings at the Four Continents Championships (sixth) and the World Championships (10th).

The married couple will compete at NHK Trophy and Skate America.

“We love skating in our home country and having the chance to meet family, friends and fans along the way,” Alexa said. “Figure Skating in Japan is like football in America. The people live for it. Both should be fantastic trips ahead.”

The Knierims list “health, repetition and execution” as keys to an upcoming successful season.

“If you don’t have your health, then there’s nothing to build on,” Chris said. “Thankfully, we’ve been through that fire and have the scars — literally, ask Alexa — to prove it. We are finally healthy.

“We have found that repetition brings confidence. If you break down fear into its most basic elements, it’s either fear of the unknown or fear of a specific, dreaded outcome. Repetitions defeat both these elements and in so doing, gives you the confidence needed to perform at your best. In terms of execution, you can be the best in the world, but if you don’t execute on the most important day, it simply won’t matter. Execution is the product of a healthy body, which allows you to amass consistent training hours and with it, the repetitions and confidence that it produces. When you’ve been through what we have, you’re no longer afraid, you take nothing for granted and you learn to enjoy each day for what it is: a gift.”

Go back to the August/September 2017 issue of SKATING magazine for the full preview.