Alexa Scimeca Knierim took to the ice for the first time in Olympic competition Friday morning, and she dazzled the crowd with a strong routine.
Alongside her husband Chris, Knierim skated in the Pairs Short Skate portion of the Team Event to open the Olympic figure skating competition.
The event, which will consist of eight different disciplines over three days of competition, features some of the biggest names in figure skating, and the Knierim's excelled, scoring a 69.75 to take the lead in the event.
Unfortunately for the American squad, their lead didn't hold up, as Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov from the Olympic Athletes from Russia squad seized the lead with an 80.92 score. Canada's Meagan Duhame and Eric Radford finished second, and Germany finished in third as the American squad dropped all the way to fourth.
Team USA had already suffered an early setback in the Men's Short Program, as U.S. champion Nathan Chen struggled and ultimately finished in fourth, earning his team seven points in the competition.
Overall, the U.S. squad is in second place in the competition, trailing Canada by three points after the first day.
The skate was Knierim's first in Olympic competition, after she was chosen as a second alternate to the 2014 Sochi Games. After a lengthy comeback from illness, Scimeca Knierim made the Olympic team in style for Pyeongchang, winning the Pairs' Championship at the U.S. Figure Skating championship.
Coverage of the event will air live on NBC 5 Chicago beginning at 7 p.m., and you can find more information on how to catch all the action by clicking here.