"That was so close," the Orem, Utah, native said after a fourth-place finish in Friday night's skeleton competition at the Whistler Olympic Park. "I could never picture this moment any better than it is."
Then she took a few steps away from reporters, turned back toward the track and, just as the sun was setting. took a long look at her competitors. She watched them basking in the glory of winning medals, waving to a screaming crowd, and she smiled to herself.
This is what she came here to do. She came to represent her country. She came to compete. She came to cherish every single moment of an experience some people aren't lucky enough to even dream of having.
"I really do believe everything happens for a reason," said Pikus-Pace, who was grinning and laughing and hugging everyone as though she'd just won the competition herself. "This has been the best race of my life, really. It's just been incredible."