“Pairs will be a game of Russians,” said Johnny Weir, NBC Olympics analyst and noted lover of all things Russian.Both Weir and colleague Tara Lipinski tap Russia to go one-two here, which it hasn’t done since 2005.Stolbova and Klimov won the Russian Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Final in the fall.The pairs share a coach in Nina Mozer but haven’t gone head-to-head since the Sochi Winter Games."Depending on the conflict on the ice, we know who the person is who has to put their pride aside.Off the ice, we might approach it a little differently." "We didn't expect to date one another," Knierim added.
In early April, the 26-year-old Knierim proposed to his skating partner and girlfriend, Scimeca, 22, marking a milestone in their lives that caused the figure skating community to collectively sigh with a reaction of, "Yeah, we thought that would happen soon." "We just know we want to be together.Ask Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim about their intentions to skate together in the future, and the U. We hope to stay healthy enough to compete for the next four years, so we'll see how things pan out." The duo finished second at the U. Is getting romantically involved with a partner the right thing to do when the Olympics are on your to-do list? "We didn't make an effort to make sure everyone knew that we were dating," Knierim said of the Colorado Springs-based team, which is coached by Dalilah Sappenfield. It's more helpful to be open about it because then you don't have to go around anything." Scimeca and Knierim teamed up in the spring of 2012 and began dating soon thereafter with the quiet encouragement of Sappenfield. In 1998, they won silver at the world championships. "We don't have a date set, so we're just taking things day by day. They are one of the only present-day American pairs or dance teams that are in a committed relationship and are open about it. It gets a little awkward if you're trying to hide it from everyone -- people are going to figure it out.Olympians Volosozhar and Trankov are redefining love in the public eye, and I applaud them. Maybe it that lingering embrace, as if cameras weren't fixed on them and broadcasting their intimate moment to the entire world. I was just as fascinated by what was going on with these two outside of the rink.The Italians led by more than 1.5 points after the short dance, but had only the third best free dance to music from "La Doce Vita."In pairs, the Russian leaders after the short program also performed the best free skate, to music from "Bram Stoker's Dracula." Despite notable high jumps, including throw triple flip and loop, they had a problem in synchronizing a triple toe loop, and still won their fourth European title by more than 20 points.