Knierims advance to pairs free skate

Chinese pair of Sui and Han turn in top score

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Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim compete during the pairs short program Wednesday at the PyeongChang Olympics.

American figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim have advanced to the pairs free skate at the PyeongChang Olympics.

The husband-and-wife team scored 65.55 with their short program Wednesday, which put them in 14th place.

Topping the short program were Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China with a score of 82.39.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Olympic Athletes from Russia were in second place with a score of 81.68, followed by Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford with a score of 76.82.

A total of 22 pairs competed in the short program, with the top 16 teams advancing to the free skate portion, which is set for 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The Knierims, competing in their first Olympics, already have a bronze medal from the team figure skating event.

The U.S. has never won Olympic gold in pairs figure skating.

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