Winter Games Athletes
Pikus-Pace has been a factor in international women's skeleton for nearly a decade while overcoming adversity on multiple occasions. After winning the 2004-05 World Cup, she was a favorite to medal at what would have been her first Games in Turin. However, she was unable to compete after suffering a broken leg from a freak runaway bobsleigh accident four months before the Olympics. Pikus-Pace initially retired following the 2010 Games in Vancouver after finishing one-tenth of a second behind Germany’s Anja Huber for the bronze, but she found a new sense of motivation through tragedy. She suffered a miscarriage with her third child in April 2012 and said the experience played a role in inspiring her to return to the sport, also citing her Mormon faith. Now Pikus-Pace will head to the Olympics riding a wave of momentum. After recording five consecutive top-three finishes in her final five events on last year's World Cup circuit - including a victory in Sochi - she claimed bronze or better in six of her first seven races in the 2013-14 World Cup. Prior to that, Pikus-Pace also claimed a second-place finish at the 2013 world championships. As the first United States woman to win a World Cup title as well as a world championship (2007), an Olympic medal is virtually the only thing missing from her resume. She is looking to become the first American to medal in skeleton since the sport’s debut at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.