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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Pikus-Pace earns bronze in shortened World Cup race

Dec. 15, 2013, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Pikus-Pace earns bronze in shortened World Cup race


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 15, 2013)- Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) descended the Lake Placid track for the last time in her career to secure a bronze medal in the shortened one-heat women’s skeleton race. The race was postponed while the jury corrected a problem with the start groove, and after a one-hour delay the decision was made to shorten the competition to a single heat. Pikus-Pace is now tied for sixth with British athlete Shelley Rudman for all-time podium finishes, and she’s moved up to fourth in overall season standings.

“I came out and just had fun,” Pikus-Pace said. “Every time that the weather is involved, delays are happening, and the athletes get a little antsy. The nerves start getting high.  For me this was just about getting out here, having some fun, and remembering why it is that I do this.  I really did – I enjoyed my run, had a lot of fun.  Now it’s time to have a nice Christmas break with my family and to look forward to the second half.”

Pikus-Pace was fourth in the start order and she was disappointed with her start time of 5.55 seconds. She clocked 56.72 seconds and waited at the finish for 19 competitors to take their runs.

“It’s nerve-wracking [during a delay] because you’ve warmed up, you’re ready to go,” Pikus-Pace said.  “You’re mentality is all fired up and ready to hit that line.  But, it’s a good training session, honestly.  Sometimes things just don’t go as you planned, whether it’s on the track or in life, and you have to learn to adapt and you have to learn to re-chart your course and to figure out how to get to be your best when the moment comes, when that green light goes off and it’s your time to go.”

Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain, eighth off the start, slid ahead of Pikus-Pace with a run of 56.27 seconds to claim gold. Austrian Janine Flock was the surprise of the day, sneaking 0.11 seconds ahead of Pikus-Pace to secure silver.

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and British athlete Donna Creighton tied for ninth with a run of 57.18 seconds. Today was Uhlaender’s first top-10 finish of the season following a concussion suffered during training in October.

The Lake Placid World Cup concludes with four-man bobsled at 1 p.m. The next time the women’s skeleton athletes race will be when second half of the season kicks off on Jan. 4th in Winterberg, Germany, where Pikus-Pace won her first career World Cup race.

“I’ve never won a race in Lake Placid or Park City until this year,” Pikus-Pace said. “But from here on out, every single track that we’re going to, I’ve actually won a gold medal on it. I love these tracks, but I’m excited for the second half and to see what it brings.”

Pikus-Pace plans to announce her retirement following the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, where she is a favorite to medal.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

1. Elizabeth Yarnold (GBR) 56.27; 2. Janine Flock (AUT) 56.61; 3. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 56.72;…9. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 57.18;

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