American figure skating couple credits Christian faith for victory over deadly health scare

A married American figure skating couple has shared how their Christian faith helped see them through a deadly health scare less than two years ago and brought them back to their path to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

(REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson)Figure Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Team Event Pair Skating short program – Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea. February 09, 2018. -Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the U.S. compete.

In an interview with People Magazine, figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim said being able to compete at the Winter Olympics was already a victory for her and her husband Chris, her partner in the competition. Considering the struggles they survived during the past two years, she said being able to skate under the Team USA banner was already very meaningful for them whether or not they get a medal.

When the Knierims took part in the team figure skating event in South Korea, they clinched fourth place in their free skate. They told reporters afterwards that their Christian faith was instrumental in their lives, especially during Alexa's health condition a couple of years ago.

"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," Alexa shared. "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."

In addition, Alexa said the Winter Olympics was not about her and that her fans knew she was a Christian who was doing all she could to let God's light shine. For her, the competition was a chance for her to glorify the Lord because that was what believers were supposed to do.

In a report last week, The Christian Post listed five other Olympic athletes from the U.S. who openly practiced their faith. One of them was professional snowboarder Kelly Clark, who previously said God's work and her ministry were evident in her career.

World champion bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor also told the Christian Sports Journal that she does not only represent herself when she competes in international games but also Jesus Christ and His work in her life.

The other American Olympic athletes who were not shy in professing their Christian faith include bobsledder Nic Taylor, skiing champion David Wise, and short track speed-skater Maame Biney.