Hoping Alexa's foot/ankle/whatever is OK for worlds.
Hoping Alexa's foot/ankle/whatever is OK for worlds.
BARK LESS. WAG MORE.
Loved watching their Nationals Free program and I found myself wanting to see them at Worlds. So yay!
Here's their 2013 Nationals 1st place FS (debut of "Life is Beautiful" program): http://youtube.com/watch?v=HY1ueehSTHI
More videos are on their site: http://alexascimecaandchrisknierim.w...m/apps/videos/
Re-posting from the U.S. Pairs thread in GSD...
Scimeca and Knierim talk about their personal relationship, her foot injury, and their goals for Worlds in the second section of the "Inside Edge" blog published today: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
Also, the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) announced the winners of the EDI Awards for Best Performance at 2013 Nationals on March 4:Scimeca also spoke with confidence about the foot injury that forced the team to withdraw from the Four Continents Championships. She said that there were three different issues: cuboid syndrome, a bone bruise on the talus and tendinitis on the side of the foot. She says all three problems are under control and that the team is training well and looking forward to worlds.
"My foot is doing wonderfully," she said. "I'm going to two different types of therapy every day, and I get my foot taped at the Olympic Training Center. I'm feeling great on the ice, very strong, and we're able to train full force."
"I'm super-excited about worlds," Knierim said. "We're going in with no expectations, just wanting to put out a good performance. Getting a personal best is our goal."
The award is based on the "total performance" with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style, and technique. Winners were determined by a committee present at nationals that reviewed all long and short programs at the junior and senior levels for each discipline.
Pair Skating: Winner – Alexa Scimeca & Christopher Knierim (Senior Free Skate)
Coaches – Dalilah Sappenfield & Larry Ibarra
Choreographers – Dalilah Sappenfield & Larry Ibarra
Music – “La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)” by Nicola Piovani
A formal presentation of these awards will take place during U.S. Figure Skating’s Champs Camp later this year.
S/K couldn't have a better mind set going into Worlds - skating for themselves w/ no expectations. I hope they rock!
I really hope they do well at Worlds! I've been a fan for a while, especially of her. She will tweet me back if I tweet her and she's always sweet. They just seem like very very nice people.
I'm officially on their bandwagon, lol, as I am for most American Pair Teams.
They just kicked ass at Worlds, surpassing the Italians, which was a huge surprise. Finally, the judging was right on, no hardware or rep to carry the day, just skating, and they did it, they did it, top 10 in their first Worlds!
Scimeca/Knierim's 9th place finish at Worlds qualifies them for Team A envelope funding from USFS next season.
"Mixed zone-Dalilah Sappenfield revealed Vancouver choreographer Mark Pillay will likely do ScimecaKnierim FS for next season."
Pillay choreographed Moore-Towers/Moscovitch's programs this season, as well as as Richard Dornbush's SP, and has been Liam Firus' choreographer for many seasons.
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Sylvia - Will their results this year get them 2 GP invitations next season? Meaning the USFSA could easily select them for SA, but I wonder if their current results will get them invites from 2 foreign federations.
Anyway, WOW. 9th at their first worlds in probably one of the most talented pairs fields of any quadrennial. To be put in front of the Italians who were Euro Bronze medalists means the judges really like them as they are! I'm further encouraged by the fact that they will go outside Colorado Springs for their choreography. For next season, I can't wait to see them work on their overall look with Mark Pillay. That right now is their biggest issue. I also think technically it would be great if they could upgrade to SBS 3toes in addition to their SBS 3sals, and just generally fine-tuning to get all the proper levels. Their 3twist and throw jumps (when she lands them) are top class and can rival the top teams. They in fact may be the top US team. I hope it works out for them! No pressure
Congrats on their 9th place finish...how fantastic was that! I'm starting to get excited for US pairs again, and they are a big reason why. Love the choreographer choice and I'm really pulling for them to work hard and if they can get to Sochi next season...woohoo! Great job, guys!
MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE - 2014 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS!
Associated Press article after their FS (she's very animated in the photo): http://summergames.ap.org/boston/art...eyre-long-haul
Time to bump up this thread ... their new official website was launched on Sept. 27: http://figureskatersonline.com/scimeca-knierim/
Photo of their pair lift at Beijing's Forbidden City! http://instagram.com/p/gUIEAkHdL6/
11/18 Journal entry before they left for Moscow: http://figureskatersonline.com/scimeca-knierim/journal/
New joint Twitter account is: http://www.twitter.com/Scimeca_Knierim
Two tweeted pics by Alexa & Chris who were sightseeing in Moscow today:
Last edited by Sylvia; 11-20-2013 at 11:55 PM.
Sorry to see them playing catch up at their first GP. Really hoping that Chris' injury is behind him and that they have been able to sufficiently train their programs to compete will this weekend! Fingers crossed!!
Alexa and Chris set a new ISU SB and PB score of 59.56 (previous was 57.99 at Cup of China) despite Chris doubling the Salchow. Triple twist & throw 3F both received + GOE - they are in 5th heading into tomorrow's FS.
They skated a pretty good long too!
^Even if they were down in the rankings, they scored what I think is one of their best international scores. I think they are slowly but surely improving and are definitely setting themselves up for a spot on Team Sochi
I forgot to cross-post this latest "Inside Edge" blog from the U.S. Pairs thread in GSD - it has details on why Chris Knierim was stuck in Beijing after Cup of China, as well as some of their other challenges so far this season: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/12/04/64386776
"I think it's [the injury] affected more the mental aspect, rather than physical," Knierim said. "Everyone who has a serious injury knows that coming back into competition is mentally pretty tough."
"We already climbed the mountain with Chris's injury in the summer, so we decided we just want to move forward," Scimeca said. "For the month of December, we're just going to train hard. Our goal is to put out two solid programs in Boston, and we believe if we do that we'll get the results we're hoping for."