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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Pikus-Pace earns sixth consecutive World Cup medal after finishing second in Igls

Jan. 17, 2014, 2:08 p.m. (ET)

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

Pikus-Pace earns sixth consecutive World Cup medal after finishing second in Igls


Photo credit: Nathan Bilow

IGLS, Austria (Jan. 17, 2014)- Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) continued her medal streak by claiming silver in today’s women’s skeleton World Cup in Igls, and she had a special person cheering her on from home. Her maternal grandfather has been gravely ill, but Pikus-Pace’s mom had the live feed of the race streaming in his room.

“I don’t know if he could hear it or even knew it was on, but I knew he was there with me,” Pikus-Pace said. “He’s expected to pass and we are hoping he can be at peace soon. It’s been really hard for me to be here, but I know my mom and family are taken care of at home. Grandpa was always there at every game or race throughout my life, and it gives me a reason to compete. It pushes me to be my best because of the sacrifices my ancestors have made to bring me to where I am.”

Pikus-Pace burst off the start block with a personal best push time of 5.57 seconds for a run of 54.72 to put her in second place after the first heat. She nearly matched her push in the second run with a time of 5.58 and glided to the finish in 54.64 seconds to maintain medal position. Pikus-Pace claimed silver, her sixth medal this season, with a total time of 1:49.36.

“I know I can medal every week because I know what my abilities are,” Pikus-Pace said. “I have a passion for it right now, and I didn’t always have that. I feel this peaceful calm at the start and I know my best is good enough. It’s in part because of everyone that has supported me on this journey, from coaches and family and sponsors.”

Pikus-Pace’s daughter, Lacee, who turns six on Sunday, took her first skeleton ride yesterday from a lower start on the track. She had the opportunity to take another run today as an afterburner for the women’s race. Pikus-Pace stood at the finish and strained to hear her daughter’s time, smiling as she heard Lacee laughing as she slid down the track.

 

“After we finished I heard the announcer say her name and I was so excited,” Pikus-Pace said. “It’s great seeing her have fun, and it reminds me of when I started.  She was squealing all the way down the track, and she wanted to know why she couldn’t go from the top.”

Elizabeth Yarnold clocked a two-run total of 1:49.04 to win by 0.32 seconds. Janine Flock from Austria has had a breakthrough season and was again on the medal stand after tying Russian Maria Orlova for third with a combined time of 1:49.71.

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) took an aggressive approach to her race today. “Thought I’d keep it interesting,” she said to coach Zach Lund at the finish following a wild second run. Uhlaender clocked a total time of 1:50.30 to finish 12th as she continues her road to recovery following an injury sustained in October.

“Even with her mistakes, she had smoking speeds,” said head coach Tuffy Latour. “Every day she is getting better and better, and she’s ready to go. She just needs to take it one corner at a time and not focus on the finishes, but Katie is definitely back.”

Racing continues tomorrow with the men’s skeleton competition at 10 a.m. local time, followed by the men’s two-man bobsled event at 4:15 p.m.

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

Results:

1. Elizabeth Yarnold (GBR) 1:49.04 (54.63, 54.41); 2. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 1:49.36 (54.72, 54.64); 3. Janine Fock (AUT) 1:49.71 (54.80, 54.91); 3. Maria Orlova (RUS) 1:49.71 (55.00, 54.71);…12. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:50.30 (55.22, 55.08);

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