FEBRUARY 2018 -- Following their Olympic debut, the popularity of Team AKCK exploded back home, in America. The Knierim's are the first married couple to compete for the U.S. in over 20 years and the first to medal in decades. With hits across TODAY, NBC Sports, CNN, People, US Weekly, Chicago Tribune, and a litany of other blue-chip national media outlets, the Knierim's inspiring story of faith and fortitude is quickly sweeping the country. "It's always funny when people say they like our authenticity," says Alexa. "If you can't be yourself, who can you be? I'm glad that our journey, our struggles, our faith, and our commitment to each other has resonated with viewers around the world. It's who we are, it's how we're wired, and it's certainly at the core of our success--both on and off the ice."
KNIERIM'S WIN BRONZE
FEBRUARY 2018 -- Team AKCK (Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim) won a Bronze Medal in the Team Event, at the 2018 Winter Olympics, in PyeongChang, South Korea. On the first day of competition--which occurred the day before the pening ceremony--AKCK took the ice for the Short Program, sitting in 4th place, following Nathan Chen's skate. The Knierim's moved Team USA up to 2nd Place Overall, at the end of Day 1. Their free skate, two days later, didn't disappoint as they successfully unwrapped the vaunted quad twist, keeping the U.S. in the Top 3 overall. The U.S. Team (Knierims, Chen, Shibutanis, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Brady Tennell) held-off Italy to claim a hard-fought bronze medal in the Team Event. "It's a dream come true," said Chris. "Faith matters, prayers count and hard work pays off," added Alexa.
TUCKER TAKES THE TRACK
FEBRUARY 2018 -- When Tucker West (Ridgefield, CT) took to the luge track for his second consecutive Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, he did so with expectation and hope. Expectation because the 22-year old was ranked 9th in the world, won multiple World Cups, set track records, won Team USA Athlete of the Month (3 times), and claimed a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships. Hope because he wanted one thing: an Olympic medal. His first run, however, didn't go as planned, and he struggled with the infamous 'Turn 9.' Tucker followed up with a strong second night (Runs 3,4) but was eliminated from contention. "It's disappointing right now," said West, "but I look how far I've come in just four short years and I'm excited about where I'm going. More than that, I'm grateful to have the chance to represent my country and I couldn't have done it without the support of my family and friends."
KNIERIM'S WIN U.S. CHAMPS
JANUARY 2018 -- The U.S. Pairs Figure Skating Team of Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim won their second national championship title (2018, 2015) in spectacular fashion, in San Jose. The married pair landed their infamous quad twist to the delight of the sold-out arena. This year, the National Championships also served as a defacto Olympic Trials, or at least accounted for a portion of the points allocated to the strength of candidate score established by USA Figure Skating, last year. By claiming their second National Championship--in conjunction with their 10th Place at the 2017 World Championships, and 6th Place at Four Continents--the Knierim's claimed the lone Pairs spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
HALAPIO NAMED STARTER
NOVEMBER 2017 -- The NY Giants named Jon Halapio the starting RG for the team's primetime game against the Washington Redskins, on Thanksgiving night. It was Halapio's first start among a season of firsts, as the Gator alum was called up to the active roster in early October. Halapio went on to start the final eight games of the regular season. Halapio's play received good reviews from internal coaches and team execs--as well as external analysts--throughout the season. He is expected to re-sign with the Giants this off-season.
SMALL SCREEN. BIG NEWS.
NOVEMBER 2017 -- DLE founder, Doug Eldridge appeared across FOX News, FOX Business, ABC and EWTN nearly a dozen times over the last three months of the year, discussing a variety of pressing issues at the intersection of sports, commerce, policy, and public relations, from: NFL protests, to Roger Goodell's contract extension, to Russian sanctions and North Korean instability leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics. As always, it is a privilege to appear on national television news networks and something we never take for granted--whether for our clients or for ourselves.