For Noelle Pikus-Pace, having family around is ‘winning component’

American skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was done. She retired after the 2010 Olympics.

Noelle Pikus-Pace react finishing the women's Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Russia last February. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Noelle Pikus-Pace react finishing the women’s Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Russia last February. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

But a personal trial and the need to have her family close by has sparked another run at Olympic glory.

Pikus-Pace recently discussed her return to the sport with USA Today.

The article tells how the Utah native suffered a miscarriage in April 2012. Pikus-Pace, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, turned to her faith and prayer for comfort and felt compelled to make one final attempt at winning an Olympic medal.

“Looking back I needed something like that after the miscarriage. I had been planning what bedroom, what clothes, and it gave me another goal and something to push forward, look forward to,” Pikus-Pace told USA Today.

She regained her place on the U.S. team and more than a year later, the 30-year-old Pikus-Pace is coming off the best season of her career, ranked No. 3 in the world.

At age 30, Pikus-Pace has just had what she considers the best season of her career. She is currently ranked No. 3 in the world. She won 16 national and international medals, including 10 gold medals, four silvers, and two bronze, according to her website. She won the silver medal in the world championship Individual event and the gold at World Championships in the team event, as well as a gold on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, Russia.

Noelle Pikus-Pace looks on as starts during the women's Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Krasnaya Polyana resort, some 60 km east of Sochi, Russia last February. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Noelle Pikus-Pace looks on during the women’s Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Krasnaya Polyana resort, some 60 km east of Sochi, Russia last February. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

“Having her family around was a winning component for her,” U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. “We leave our families behind for months, and she was able to have them around and not be stressed.”

 

 

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