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Olympic skaters Alexa and Chris Knierim dedicate routine to Florida school shooting victims

by Randee Dawn / / Source: TODAY

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Responses to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida have come from across the globe, including from the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the USA perform in the pairs free skate figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim performing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea on Feb. 15.AP

U.S. pairs figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and husband Chris Knierim performed their free skate routine on Thursday as news was unfolding about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which claimed 17 lives.

Afterward, Alexa told NBC Sports that they were dedicating the routine to the victims.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the USA speak to NBC
Post-routine, Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim spoke with NBC Sports.NBC

"We wanted to skate for the 17 children that died in the Florida shooting, and today was much more than about us," she said.

"We wanted [a] tribute to the U.S. for their loss. Unfortunately, we had a lot of mistakes, but I think our motivation was to skate for those who were lost."

She also posted sympathies on Twitter:

Later on Thursday, fellow Olympic skater Adam Rippon also posted his thoughts on Twitter, and expressed condolences:

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