Gold medalist at US championships 2015
Silver medalist at Four Continents 2016
9th place at Worlds 2016
Chris Knierim was born on 5th November 1987 in Tucson, and began skating aged 12, later than many other athletes. Nevertheless he then worked extremely hard to reach excellent results in a nation where the competition to qualify for international events is enormous. He has skated with various partners, but with Alex he seems to have found that maturity of a real champion, and they became engaged in the summer 2014.
He is gifted with an explosive power that is unique. His twist are among the highest that have ever seen and they are one of the few pair to perform the quadruple Twist in competition. His partner seems to take flight every time she is thrown, then landing like a feather, such is the gentleness with which he accompanies her.
Now whoever might think that a figure skater is only grace and art, will have to think again when meeting Chris. When he is not twirling with his partner on the ice, he often spends his time inside the hood of a car, as Chris is both an excellent mechanic and engineer, and his Camaro ’99 is a monster that he has worked on personally.