Chris and Alexa Knierim are a married couple whose lives majorly revolved around figure skating. The couple recently shared their story that has captured the hearts of many at the Pyeongchang Olympics and the whole world at large. Their love for each other and the chemistry between them makes their skating nothing short of breathtaking. The couple’s genuineness has been raking up lots of new fans for them as they go through the Olympics. But while the couple is all smiles now, two years ago, Alexa was not too sure she would live long enough to see this day.
In the sprig of 2016, Alexa started experiencing serious stomach problems and vomiting. However, doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. This carried on through the summer,until doctors finally diagnosed her with a gastrointestinal condition in August, around the same time she and Chris got married.
If you’ve never known down, you’ll never appreciate up. . 4 months ago, it was nearly impossible for me to “get up” out of bed. . 4 months ago, brushing my teeth was more challenging than any long program I’d ever performed. . 4 months ago, when my body was at its weakest, my faith was at its strongest.✝️ . When you’re faced with a challenge and you find yourself down–no matter how you might’ve gotten there–you have always have 2 choices: give up and lay there, or get up and fight for what you want. . Eyes up. Rise up. GET UP! . #NationalGetUpDay
Alexa had to go through three abdominal surgeries and when she could finally return to skating, it was less than an year to the Olympic Games. Naturally, competing in the Olympics seemed like an impossible goal. Her illness had left her at only 80 pounds and, when she first got on the ice, Chris had to hold her up because she was too weak to make it around the rink on her own.
Going to the Olympics looked like reaching a little too far, but through hard work and their faith in God, the couple made it. After this incredible feat, they knew that, whether they medaled or not, they were still winners. Alexa said, “It’s just a blessing for us to even be at this position, so we’re soaking it all in. We’re skating for ourselves. Not for anyone else.”
The couple has already won a bronze medal in the team event after skating a routine that got them a season’s best score. Their short program on Valentine’s Day ended disappointingly, but the couple isn’t letting that dampen their spirits. Alexa said, “Today wasn’t a brilliant skate by any means, but we’re just so happy to be here. We’ve already won by being able to step on the ice.”
After their free skate on last weekend, the pair spoke to reporters about the importance of their Christian faith and the key role it has played in their lives. Alexa said, “It’s the reason I was able to get back on the ice, because I stopped worrying and stopped trying to control life, because I couldn’t. In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn’t really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general. So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, ‘You lead the way,’ and it’s my testimony and I stay true to it.”
She added, “And even here at the Games, it’s no longer about me. 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.”