The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have officially begun and we’re beyond excited to watch our athletes’ compete! Returning from her two year hiatus, Noelle Pickus-Pace is back and ready to show the world what she’s got! Noelle was the first woman to ever win the Overall World Cup Title in skeleton racing. Skeleton racing is a fast winter sliding sport in which an individual rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down. After suffering a broken leg before the 2005 Winter Olympics, she came back to win the World Championships in 2007 by the largest margin in skeleton racing history. After that, Noelle decided to retire and start a family of her own. Today, wife and mother of two beautiful children, she has come out of retirement for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and she’s sure fired up to compete.
The decision to come back and compete in skeleton racing was made the summer of 2012, when her husband Jason, decided Noelle deserved to have an Olympic Medal under her belt. While preparing for the Olympics Noelle won 16 national and international medals including, 10 of which were gold medals, 4 were silvers, and 2 were bronze. She took silver in the World Championship Individual event, Gold at the World Championships’ team event, and won Gold for a trail on the 2014 Olympic Track in Sochi.
Now, backed by her amazing family, and support team, Noelle has come out of retirement ranked as 3rd in the World for skeleton racing! She will be compete against racers from all over the World, some of whom she had competed against in past Olympic competitions. With no signs of fear or worry, and focused on winning what she rightfully deserves, Noelle Pickus-Pace definitely Fits the Mark!