Noelle Pikus-Pace resurrected her athletic career. She persisted and received an Olympic silver medal in skeleton in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Her Olympic career ends on a high note. Her husband, Janson, and two children, Laycee and Traysen, were there to cheer her on through the competition. When she realized that she’d won, she somehow managed to climb into the stands to hug and kiss them.
She is one of only three moms on the 2014 Olympic team and the only one to receive an Olympic medal. Her goal is accomplished. Not without struggle, determination and persistence did Noelle achieve her goal. In 2001, she began in the sport of skeleton. A few months before the 2006 Torin Olympic Games, an out-of-control bobsled hit her. They secured and repaired her compound fractured leg through the use of a titanium rod. She worked hard to mend through focused rehab. She went on to win the World Championship in 2007 and place second in overall World Cup standings.
The most notable quality about Noelle is her positive attitude and sunny personality. This has carried her through the disappointing and difficult periods in her life. At the 2010 Olympic games, she managed a disheartening fourth place. Despite this, she addressed the media in a cheery way. Her husband commented on her finish,” She was happy and I was happy for her finish. It really wasn’t about getting the gold medal or even medaling. It was just doing her best and completing her journey, which was to make it to the Olympics” (ESPN). The game changer came when Noelle suffered a miscarriage after giving birth to her son in 2011. This was devastating for the devout Mormon. Noelle and Janson regrouped. This last campaign became a family affair with the whole family traveling to all of her World Cup races and to this Olympic games. Through their love and support, Noelle persevered and allowed her dream to come true.