SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alexa Scimeca Knierim and her husband, Chris, had achieved the results they wanted.
The Knierims didn't merely back into the lone U.S. Olympic pairs spot all but conceded to them because of their unquestioned recent superiority over all their U.S. rivals: They made the selection committee's eventual decision a rubber stamp by winning a second national title Saturday afternoon at the SAP Center.
But, as evidenced by their downcast demeanor while waiting to hear the free skate scores, they were left with a hollow feeling.
"It wasn't our best skate," Chris said.
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