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Addison's Scimeca to chase Olympic dream Saturday

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 6:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 12:46 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of Jay Adeff/U.S. Figure Skating)
Addison native Alexa Scimeca (left) and her partner, Chris Knierim, seen here at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, will be chasing their Olympic dream on Saturday.

As soon as Alexa Scimeca put on figure skates at the Addison Ice Arena as a child, she dreamed of being an Olympian.

The Addison native and 2009 Addison Trail graduate will learn her Olympic fate Saturday. Scimeca, who first skated at age 7, and her partner, Chris Knierim, are currently in the middle of the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The short program was Thursday and the free skate is Saturday in Boston's TD Garden.

Scimeca and Knierim were fifth in Thursday's short program with a score of 64.68, less than two points behind the crucial second spot.

The top two pairs at the event qualify for the Sochi Olympics in February. The 21-year-old Scimeca and Knierim were second at last year's nationals and placed ninth at worlds as the top American pair at that event.

Saturday's free skate will be televised on NBC starting at 3 p.m.

In order to qualify for the Olympics, Scimeca and Knierim will have to finish ahead of a recent national champion. The 2012 champions, John Coughlin and Caydee Denney, didn't compete last year due to injury, and the spot they vacated helped Scimeca and Knierim qualify for worlds. Last year's champions, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, are also back to defend their title.

Scimeca and Knierim have been together for less than two years, but have found a good chemistry on and off the ice. The successful pair is also a couple off the ice.

Scimeca represents DuPage Figure Skating Club, the same club that produced the 2010 Olympic men's gold medalist, Evan Lysacek of Naperville.

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