Pikus-Pace claims third World Cup win of the season with victory in St. Moritz

Jan. 11, 2014, 6:25 a.m. (ET)

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Pikus-Pace claims third World Cup win of the season with victory in St. Moritz

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 11, 2014)- Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) claimed her third win and fifth medal of the season after dominating the women’s skeleton World Cup on the all-natural track in St. Moritz today.

“This has been such a great week,” Pikus-Pace said. “I was a little behind at the start today and I knew some athletes made some mistakes in the first run, so I needed to attack each curve. This is such a special track, and I feel great with the result today.”

Pikus-Pace claimed the 2007 World Championship title by the largest margin in women’s skeleton history on the St. Moritz track, so she’s no stranger to the Swiss podium. She was the only athlete to slide under 70 seconds in both heats today with runs of 1:09.97 and 1:09.91, and led the field by 0.40 seconds with a combined time of 2:19.88. Her husband and children along with some surprise guests, her brother and sponsors from a Utah based company called Mountain Crane, greeted her at the finish.

“Last night my brother and sponsors surprised me by showing up out of the blue,” Pikus-Pace said. “Having support like that is incredible and that’s what this is all about, sharing the journey with the people that have been there for me.”

Earlier this week Pikus-Pace said her goal for this weekend was to finish in the top three, which she far exceeded.

“I wrecked out of Horseshoe in training this week, so I felt like I was fishing for the stars,” Pikus-Pace said. “I knew I had my work cut out for me.”

Today’s win also puts Pikus-Pace in the running for the FIBT Triple Trophy. Athletes that win the last three rounds of the World Cup tour and who are the fastest down the track in all six of the heats are eligible for a €100,000 prize.

“I hadn’t even thought about that,” Pikus-Pace said. “I don’t do well when I think about results or prizes, so I just need to execute one curve at a time, one race at a time, and be happy with that.”

British standout Elizabeth Yarnold finished second with a total time of 2:20.28, followed closely behind by her teammate Shelley Rudman in third with a combined time of 2:20.32.

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) gave herself some additional time off during the holiday break to focus on fully recovering from injuries sustained during a training run this fall, and she returned to the World Cup tour in St. Moritz. Her best finish first half was 12th in the season-opener in Calgary, Canada. Uhlaender is one of the most resilient athletes on tour, battling back from major setbacks seemingly every season.  She proved she’s not just back, but back to winning form after clocking a two-run total of 2:20.73 for sixth place.

Racing continues with the women’s bobsled second heat immediately following the women’s skeleton competition. The men’s two-man bobsled World Cup will also take place today at 1:15 p.m. local time.

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


1. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 2:19.88 (1:09.97, 1:09.91); 2. Elizabeth Yarnold (GBR) 2:20.28 (1:10.32, 1:09.96); 3. Shelley Rudman (GBR) 2:20.32 (1:10.37, 1:09.95)….6. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 2:20.73 (1:10.55, 1:10.18);

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