Silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace talks about comebacks, motherhood
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Olympic Silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace knows all about comebacks. After picking up the silver medal in the skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Games, Pikus-Pace says this time, she's really done.
"That's it," she said. "I'm really done."
You can't blame people for holding out hope for another comeback. Depending on how you're keeping score, you could say Pikus-Pace has had at least three comebacks in the sport of competitive skeleton.
At the Olympic trials in 2005, a freak accident derailed Pikus-Pace's career right when it seemed like it was approaching its zenith. A runaway bobsled slammed into her, fracturing her right leg. Pikus-Pace immediately made it a goal to get back in action.
Her heroic work to get back into top form is chronicled in a documentary "114 Days: The Race to Save a Dream".
Pikus-Pace once again left the sport in 2008 to have her first child.
After finishing fourth at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Pikus-Pace retired and soon after had another child.
But she couldn't stay away.
This week, Pikus-Pace is the toast of the American delegation, snagging a silver medal. Her jubilant reaction, jumping into the crowd to celebrate with her family is one of the most enduring moments of the Sochi games.
Pikus-Pace is often asked what advice she gives to other women who are anxious about returning to work after taking time off to have children.
"All we can do is our best and we don't have to be perfect. So to just get out there and know we are beautiful, we are strong, and we are capable women. So just go out there and fulfill your dream!"
Pikus-Pace, who has a Master's degree in business adminstration, runs a web based hat business and is a highly sought after motivational speaker.