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Noelle Pikus-Pace        

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

Noelle Pikus Pace is an American retired skeleton racer who began her career in 2001. She won five medals at the FIBT World Championships, competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and won the silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Pikus-Pace won the women's Skeleton World Cup overall title in 2004–05.

After winning the silver medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2005 FIBT World Championships in Calgary, Pikus-Pace emerged as one of the favorites to medal at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Turin. Her medal ambitions would be dashed on October 19, 2005 at the Canada Olympic Park bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track in Calgary when her right leg was broken by a four-man bobsleigh that failed to brake at the finish line. The bobsleigh ejected out of the end of the track and hit Pikus-Pace and teammate Lea Ann Parsley, narrowly missing three other team members. Pikus-Pace underwent surgery to repair her broken leg, which included an insertion of a titanium rod into her leg. She would return to competition seven weeks later at Igls, Austria, finishing 20th. She would chronicle her comeback from the 2005 freak accident which prevented her participation in Turin. This story was told in the critically acclaimed documentary 114 Days: The Race to Save a Dream. The US Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation petitioned to both the FIBT and the IOC to include Pikus-Pace in the women's skeleton competition, but to no avail. The only American representative in women's skeleton was Katie Uhlaender who finished sixth.

Pikus-Pace, who at the time was six weeks pregnant, announced on October 3, 2007 that she would take the 2007–08 Skeleton World Cup off to give birth to her baby.

She finished fifth in the 2008-09 Skeleton World Cup season opener in Winterberg, Germany on November 28, 2008.

It was announced on January 17, 2010 that Pikus-Pace had qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She competed in the 2010 Games, finishing in fourth place, with a sled designed by her husband after two of her other sleds had been damaged. The first sled had been damaged by the runaway bobsled in Calgary and her second sled was damaged during transport to the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid, New York. Pikus-Pace's husband, a project manager of a metal fabrication company in South Salt Lake, Utah, designed a skeleton sled in accordance to FIBT regulations to allow her to race.

Pikus-Pace retired after the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympics. She announced her intention to come out of retirement in the summer of 2012 with the intent of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

On January 11, 2013, Pikus-Pace placed first in her event at the Königssee, Germany track. This win was her first on the World Cup level since 2004.

She would build upon this breakthrough by helping Team USA-1 win gold in the team event at the FIBT World Championships 2013 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Her 1:08:92 time vaulted the team into the lead and was 0.84 seconds quicker than the other competitors who sleighed her leg of the event. Pikus-Pace would then go on to win silver in the women's event.

She closed the 2012/13 FIBT World Cup season with a win in Sochi. On January 18, 2014, Pikus-Pace was named to the 2014 Olympic team. On February 14, 2014, Pikus-Pace won her first Olympic medal, a silver, coming full circle and completing her comeback before retiring for good.

Speech Topics

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


‘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

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


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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 ...
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 ...
Noelle Pikus-Pace Is The 'Fastest Mom On Ice' And The Winner Of A ...
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 ...
'It's always been us': Noelle Pikus-Pace on how family healed her ...
Valentine's Day is the last thing that Noelle Pikus-Pace is thinking about. The holiday happens to fall on the second day of her Olympic...
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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