The closest that Olympic pairs skaters Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier got to the U.S. championships in Nashville last year was their hotel room, where they despondently spoke via zoom to reporters waiting for them at the arena.

Frazier had tested positive for COVID-19 and the team had withdrawn from the competition.

Little did they know that the lowest of lows that night would begin a year spent soaring to newfound heights.

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