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Noelle Pikus-Pace      

American Skeleton Racer; Silver Medalist at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Five-Time Medalist at the FIBT World Championships

On February 15, 2014, Noelle Pikus Pace crossed the finish line of the Sochi Olympic Games putting a dramatic ending, and an emphatic exclamation point, on a 12 year journey of chasing the Olympic podium. The Olympic medal that she and her family, together, had chased around the world, for years, was finally theirs. Noelle leapt into the stands, into the arms of her husband, and into the hearts of America in one of the iconic, heartfelt moments of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

A standout high school track athlete and native of the Salt Lake City area, site of the 2002 Olympic Games, Noelle’s track coach suggested she try bobsled. She did, but soon thereafter got on a skeleton sled and fell in love with the high speed, head-first, rocket-ride most certainly not for the faint of heart.

Pace blossomed as a slider and years later became the best in the world. With the 2006 Olympics coming into focus on the horizon, Pace was the gold medal favorite. The Olympic podium was in sight. With just months to go to the big show, Noelle was severely injured in a training accident. She was hit by a run- a-way bobsled, suffering a compound leg fracture. Despite a valiant effort to return to sliding in time for the Olympics she was unable to make it back. Her Olympic medal slipped away.

Pace stepped back from the sport and started a family with her husband, Janson. In 2008, they welcomed their daughter, Lacee. As the 2010 Olympics approached, Pace got the itch to try again and she embarked on long stints to Europe, leaving behind her husband and baby girl.

By 2010 Noelle had returned to world class form, and with Janson and Lacee by her side, she took one more shot at Olympic hardware. Heartbreakingly, she missed by one tenth of one second. Noelle finished 4th. She smiled, as she always does, and retired from the sport.

In 2011, Noelle and Janson welcomed the birth of their son Traycen, and looked forward to continuing to grow their family. In the Spring of 2012, the couple suffered a miscarriage of their third child. Noelle was devastated.

Months later, it was Janson who suggested she take one more shot at her place in Olympic history. He felt it would be a good way to heal, and to move forward as a family. Noelle agreed, but only if he and the kids went with her every step of the way. They would travel the world as a family, with both kids, diapers and toys in tow, and take one last shot at the Olympic podium.

The cost and challenges of traveling the world wide skeleton competition circuit were enormous but they faced every challenge with a smile and as a family. While Mommy went off to the track or gym to train, Daddy tended to the kids every step of the way. Janson, an engineer by trade, built Noelle’s sled, and on that magic night in Sochi she rode that sled like a supermom on a mission. Finally, at long last, their dream had come true.

Speech Topics


Motivation / Inspiration

‘Where You Look Is Where You Go’

Sharing the challenges of staying motivated throughout her 12 year journey to the Olympic podium, and the inspiration she drew both from her family and the setbacks she faced along the way, Noelle delivers a high energy, emotional tale that will touch the hearts of your audience and bring them to their feet.

Typical Run Time: 40 min. + Q&A

Sales

‘5 Silver Secrets to Sales Success’

As the owner of two small business, Noelle knows what it means to be in the trenches of trying to ring the cash register. As in her athletic pursuits, success has come from being results driven, but process oriented. In this presentation she delivers a high- energy, sure-to-wake-your-up-sales-team seminar that is a breath of fresh air for any sales focused conference.

Typical Run Time: 60 min. + Q&A

Goal Setting

S.M.A.R.T Goals & Stupid Mistakes

A lifelong advocate of the S.M.A.R.T. goals system, Noelle translates her own athletic success plan into business, academics and life. She explains the system, shares specific examples from her own life, and demonstrates how to turn obstacles and mistakes into opportunities.

Typical Run Time: 45 min. + Q&A

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News


USA's Noelle Pikus-Pace captures silver in skeleton

With her husband and two children in attendance and riding a sled designed and built by Janson, Noelle Pikus-Pace captured a silver medal in women's ...

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Feb 14, 2014 ... By Mark Trevelyan ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) - An elated Noelle Pikus-Pace called her Olympic skeleton silver "as good as ...

LDS Living - Q&A with LDS Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace

... For LDS athlete Noelle Pikus Pace, the journey to the Olympics has been a long and often heartbreaking one--and this year in Sochi is her last ...

Annie O'Shea – OlympicTalk

10, 2011 and giving the U.S. women's team its first World Cup win since Noelle Pikus-Pace prevailed in the 2013-14 season finale. “I'm surprised at how hard it ...

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