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Gold for Pikus-Pace in Lake Placid World Cup
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2013)- Women’s skeleton competitor Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) followed up a gold medal performance in front of a home crowd in Park City, Utah last week with another victory at Mount Van Hoevenberg this afternoon. This was her first victory in Lake Placid, which is one of her favorite tracks in the world.
“Anytime you can lay it down in your home country is a great feeling,” Pikus-Pace said. “I was able to build on the excitement from watching the bobsledders go off this morning, and it is looking good as we head towards Sochi. We are going into every race with all cylinders burning. It has been really fun to fuel each other and cheer each other on.”
The U.S. claimed gold and silver in the men’s two-man bobsled race this morning to kick start the Lake Placid event, and Pikus-Pace carried the momentum into this afternoon’s skeleton races.
Pikus-Pace was a less than desirable 15th off in the start order, but she quickly picked up speed and moved into the lead with a run of 55.70 seconds. The closest competitor, German Marion Thees, was a distant 0.18 seconds behind.
“Having to go off 15 and knowing that the faster competitors were going off before me was tough,” Pikus-Pace said. “With the help of the coaches, my family and my sponsors, it has been awesome to see the support and be able to lay down my best runs.”
Pikus-Pace clocked a second run of 55.67 seconds to extend her lead to 0.46 seconds. She claimed her second-consecutive gold medal with a combined time of 1:51.37.
“It’s amazing,” Pikus-Pace said. “I felt great today, and I’m looking forward to racing again on Sunday.”
Germany’s Anja Huber posted a total time of 1:51.83 for second place. Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain was third in 1:51.88. Thees dropped into fifth after a troublesome final run.
Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) continues her comeback after sustaining an injury this fall and finished 14th with a two-run total of 1:52.79.
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1. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 1:51.37 (55.70, 55.67); 2. Anja Huber (GER) 1:51.83 (56.02, 55.81); 3. Elizabeth Yarnold (GBR) 1:51.88 (56.20, 55.68);…14. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:52.79 (56.33, 56.46);
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