Meet Noelle Pikus-Pace, she is a U.S. Skeleton Racer. She is the fast and furious one to watch at Vancouver’s Olympics of 2010. Find out more exciting details and see photos and a film here.
As a biography, Noelle Pikus-Pace was born on December 8, 1982 so her age is 27. She is 5’10” weighing in at 160 pounds. She lives in Orem, Utah. Her bobsledding career and in the sport of Skeleton started in 2001. In 2001-2002 she placed 3rd overall in the America’s Cup. In the 2002-2003 World Cup, she took 19th overall. She took 14th overall in the 2003-2004 World Cup. Pikus-Pace, was injured in a bobsledding incident or “freak accident” when she was struck by a bobsled, sustaining injury including a compound fracture to her lower right leg and missed the first half of the 2005-2006 season. However, she quickly recovered and finished the season with great determination and success, and clenched the World Championship in St. Moritz, Switzerland. In Calgary, Canada she also won the Silver at the World Championships, as well as being named the first U.S. female athlete to compete in the Skeleton to receive the overall title and was 2005’s World Cup Champion. Moreover, she placed 2nd overall in the 2006-2007 World Cup. Due to giving birth to her first child, Lacee Lynne Pace, she took a break during the 2007-2008 season. She made her return to competition in 2008-2009 and placed 8th overall in the 2009 World Championships and 5th overall in the 2009-2010 World Cup. Since, she has made the U.S. Olympic Team.
After taking a break to pursue motherhood, the U.S. Skeleton Racer will now focus on fulfilling her dreams at the Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics. She says, “I just felt like I wasn’t doing my job as a mom,” adding, “so that was tearing me away from what I needed to be doing as a competitor … I just felt like my heart was not in the sport, at all. My mind and my heart were at home, and at every race and in training I was like, ‘Why am I here? I just want to be home with my daughter.'”
It is said that this will be the first Olympics that Pikus-Pace will get to compete in since her injury that hampered her hopes in being a participant in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin.
When asked about whether or not she will retire after winning the world title she answers, “For me, there’s just something about the Olympic Games … It doesn’t compare to anything else in sport. Winning the World Championships was great and it’s definitely something that I’ll have with me forever, but going to the Olympic Games – that’s my last check on my little list of things to do while I’m in this sport.”
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