But she says she was stressed out when she saw the news on television at the arena.
It wasn't enough to overcome hiccups in their two programs. They are now competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where they helped the US team secure a bronze model earlier this week.
There was that. But there was also the fact that they competed on Wednesday, which is Valentine's Day in Gangneung, South Korea, and Chris, 30, came prepared. "I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I'm trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it's okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that's kind of what we're supposed to".More news: Pakistan to take over assets of Hafiz Saeed's JuD, and FIF
"It's just a blessing for us to even be at this position, so we're soaking it all in", Knierim said. "We may be living in a different world over here with the Olympic hype, but we're hurting for them".
The Knierims competed today in pair skating. They are the first US couple to do the maneuver in an Olympics, though the quad twist is becoming more common throughout the world.
They did not do one in their short program, which included a triple twist - one Scimeca-Knierim over-rotated, an unusual problem considering many skaters are more prone to under-rotate a challenging move like that. Combined with their 14th-place finish in the short program the previous morning, they finished the competition 15th among 16 pairs. Savchenko has gone through three partners, two nationalities and five Olympic Games in pursuit of a gold medal - and now, at 32, is finally getting her chance.More news: GM to Close a South Korean Plant in May
Thursday's competition included the North Korean pair of Ryom Tae Ok, 19, and Kim Ju Sik, 25, about whom little is known internationally. Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are in third. After their short program routine on Wednesday, February 14, Chris presented Alexa with a giant teddy bear and a sweet heart-shaped note that read, "Will you (still) be mine?"
It was the fourth gold for the United States in Pyeongchang, with all four medals coming in snowboarding.More news: Sharapova begins her campaign at Qatar Total Open today