Feb. 14, 2014
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Utah Valley University alumna Noelle Pikus-Pace capped her skeleton career by taking silver for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Friday. Pikus-Pace won silver at the Sanki Sliding Center with a combined time of 3:53.86.
The former All-American track & field athlete at UVU entered Friday's final two runs in second place after she put together a combined time of 1:57.33 (58.68 in heat one and 58.65 in heat two) on Thursday. The Orem, Utah native secured her second-place finish as she came through with her fastest times of the Games in runs three and four on Friday with 58.25 and 58.28 seconds, respectively. Pikus-Pace finished just under a second off of the top spot (0.97).
Lizzy Yarnold from Great Britain - who was this season's World Cup champion - won gold with a combined time of 3:52.89, while Russia's Elena Nikitina took bronze (3:54.30). Fellow American Katie Uhlaender just missed out on a medal, as she took fourth with a combined time of 3:54.34. Uhlaender's time was just four one-hundredths (0.04) of a second back of third place.
Sochi marked Pikus-Pace's second Winter Olympic Games after the Wolverine Hall of Famer finished one-tenth of a second away from a bronze in Vancouver four years ago.
To watch Pikus-Pace silver medal runs, visit NBCOlympics.com or tune into NBC's primetime coverage of the skeleton tonight.
Pikus-Pace currently resides in Eagle Mountain, Utah, and graduated from UVU in 2005.
Fellow former UVU track & field standout and 2008 graduate Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) will also compete for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fogt will compete in both the two-man and four-man bobsled. Fogt's USA-3 two-man team of himself and Cory Butner will take to the track on Sunday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 17, while his four-man squad comprised of Steven Holcomb, Steven Langton, Curtis Tomasevicz as well as himself (USA-1) will then take to the Sanki Sliding Center on Feb. 22 and 23.