USA-1 men's boblsled team and skeleton athletes Matt Antoine and Noelle Pikus-Pace earn U.S. Olympic Committee's December honors.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances throughout December earned the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation’s’ Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and USA-1 men’s bobsled team Athlete and Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Pikus-Pace earned three skeleton world cup medals in December, moving into second in the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) world rankings with 860 total points. Pikus-Pace clinched the women’s gold medal in a track-record time of 1:39.54 at the FIBT World Cup, held Dec. 6 in Park City, Utah. She concluded the month by capturing gold and bronze medals in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Antoine receives his first USOC Athlete of the Month honor after winning his first-career world cup gold medal on Dec. 13 in Lake Placid. Earlier in the month, he raced to the bronze medal at the world cup event in Park City. His two podium appearances in the month of December earned him 445 of his 785 total points, and he currently ranks third in the FIBT standings.
The USA-1 men’s bobsled team of Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) swept the men’s bobsled world cup races in December. The team opened the month by claiming gold medals in the two- and four-man events in Park City. The following week, the team finished first in the four-man, and led a U.S. podium sweep in the two-man event at the FIBT World Cup, held Dec. 14-15 in Lake Placid.
Snowboarder Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.) finished runner-up and Paralympic alpine skier Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed third in the female vote. On the men’s side, snowboarder Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and luge athlete Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) earned second and third place. The figure skating team of Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) finished second in the team category, while the U.S. National Women’s Water Polo Team rounded out the voting in third.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
1. Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton
2. Kelly Clark, Snowboard
3. Allison Jones, Paralympic Alpine Skiing
1. Matt Antoine, Skeleton
2. Greg Bretz, Snowboard
3. Chris Mazdzer, Luge
1. USA-1 Men’s Team, Bobsled
2. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Figure Skating
3. U.S. Women’s National Team, Water Polo