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Olympic Figure Skating Medalist Chris Knierim Shares His Valentine’s Day Tips And Memories

By Lisa Costantini | Feb. 14, 2019, 1:37 p.m. (ET)

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim share a kiss at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


On Valentine’s Day 2018, American pair figure skaters Alexa Scimeca-Knierim, 27, and husband Chris Knierim, 31, were skating together in front of the world at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. 

An Olympic bronze medal (in the team event), a place in history as the the first American pair to perform a quad twist at the Olympics, a coaching change and a move last week that took them from Colorado to their new home in California later, the couple is celebrating Valentine’s Day a little more low-key this year. We asked Chris what he has planned for this day of love and his Valentine’s Day advice for others.

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What have your past Valentine’s Days with Alexa included?
Our most memorable Valentine’s Day was competing on the holiday during the Olympics. A more low-key example of a past Valentine’s Day was making crab legs at home and watching a movie with all of our pets.  

What was it like skating together on Valentine’s Day last year?
Just having a Valentine’s Day at the Olympics made everything extra special. It’s something that so very few will ever experience. Having the ability to skate with your wife on Valentine’s Day at the Olympics is something so special we will never forget it.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Alexa?
My marriage proposal was Alexa’s favorite romantic things I’ve ever done. I dressed our cat in a white satin dress with the engagement ring attached and proposed to her. 

Would you consider yourself a romantic?
I would say I am a simplified romantic man. A low-key dinner with my wife followed by a movie at home on the couch is my ideal romantic night. 

Are you a fan of homemade gifts? 
I am not into material things, so receiving handmade gifts is meaningful to me. We were overseas on Valentine’s Day one year and I forgot to pack a card. I bought markers and drew a card for Alexa. I drew us skating together as if it came from a child. She loved it more than any other card I had given to her. 

Any other last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas for others?
If you are away from your love, you can email them an e-card and let them know you didn’t forget them. 

What are your tips for planning a special Valentine’s Day?
Keep it simple. Most women want to be acknowledged and loved. A card with a personal message and a small token is plenty to any girl’s heart. 

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day gift that you’ve given or received?
Alexa is my favorite gift!

Can you remember a Valentine’s Day gift that Alexa gave you that was special?
Being a simple guy it’s not so much about the gift but the thought behind it. I love when she gets me anything chocolate and peanut butter.

What would you like for Valentine's Day?
For any holiday or occasion I always want a new car part, ha!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
After moving last week [from Colorado to California], we are just going to go simple with a nice dinner. This time.

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