NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Figure Skating named its Olympic pairs teams on Sunday morning. Here are the athletes who will be representing the USA in Beijing next month.
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier
Knierim and Frazier didn’t compete at nationals because Frazier tested positive for COVID-19, but they have been the best of U.S. pairs figure skating over the course of their short partnership.
Knierim has been to the Olympics before with her husband and former skating partner Chris Knierim. Frazier is making his first trip to the Olympics. They took seventh at the 2021 world championships and won Skate America last season.
Frazier was alone quarantining in his hotel room in Nashville when he found out he had made the Olympic team. But he said the moment was just as great as he imagined it would be. Said Frazier: "I hugged the crap out of my pillow."
Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc
The winners of the pairs competition in Nashville are going to their first Olympics. Cain-Gribble’s road hasn’t been easy, as she contracted COVID in August and developed asthma in its aftermath. The pair took ninth at worlds in 2021.