Noelle Pikus-Pace, Olympic skeleton racer, is LDS
Noelle Pikus-Pace is an American Olympic skeleton racer who has competed in both the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. In the 2010 Winter Olympics she finished just outside of the medals in fourht place. In the 2014 Olympics she was a silver medalist.
Noelle Pikus-Pace lives in Eagle Mountain, Utah and attends the Kiowa Valley 1st Ward in the Eagle Mountain Utah East Stake. You can view her profile on Mormon.org.
Noelle retired from the sport of skeleton after the 2010 Winter Olympics, but in April 2012 her life took a devastating turn when she suffered a miscarriage. In the months that followed, she and her husband, Janson used prayer to help deal with their grief and figure out their future.
Knowing his wife needed to do something that brought her joy, Janson Pace suggested that she start racing again. She only agreed to make a comeback if the entire family would always join her on the road. Her husband and two kids were in Sochi to watch her win a silver medal in the Winter Olympics.
In an interview with LDS Living Magazine Noelle was asked what the best advice she’d ever been given. She said, “That my priorities should be: God, family, church and then everything else after that. I have learned that when I put my faith and trust in God, first and foremost, everything else falls into place. This doesn’t mean that it will always be easy, but I will have the strength to make it through any trials or difficulties that come my way.”