(RNS) — After overcoming a life-threatening illness two years ago, Olympic pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim had to relearn how to skate. The touch of her husband and skating partner Chris Knierim’s hand was enough to reopen the wounds from her surgeries.

Scimeca Knierim lost a lot of faith in herself, she told Figure Skaters Online.

But, the 26-year-old said: “I grew confidence in a different area. In a nutshell, I may have lost a lot of faith in myself, but I grew with my faith in God.

“I have some insecurities now that I didn’t have before, but I’m

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