Jan. 11, 2013
KOENIGSSEE, Germany - Noelle Pikus-Pace, a 2005 graduate of Utah Valley University, won the gold medal in the skeleton Friday, to pick up her first World Cup victory since 2004.
Pike-Pace, who returned to the sport after retiring in 2010, traversed the course in 1 minute, 47.51 seconds, which was 0.41 seconds better than Marion Thees, the overall World Cup leader.
Pikus-Pace. the American and World Cup champion, finished just out of the medals at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by placing fourth.
She was one of the favorites to win a medal in Turin before a freak accident with a runaway bobsled broke one of her legs.
In In 2003 at Utah Valley, Pace won the national championship in the discus and was a first-team All-American. Pikus-Pace also set the school high jump record in 2004 and in 2005 was named to the NCAA Division I All-Independent Team. She graduated from UVU with a degree in community health.
She was inducted into the UVU Hall of Fame Jan. 28, 2012.