"This is amazing," said the Orem native. "I could never have imagined how I would feel in this moment. It's indescribable."
The women have two more rounds of sliding Friday, with round three starting at 3:45 p.m. (Pacific Time).
"I really let it fly," said Pikus-Pace. "I let it go and it really felt good. There are two new runs tomorrow, so I need to take it one run at a time. There's no doubt in my mind that I could win this. I'm not allowing any limitations in my mind, and I'm going to show up tomorrow thinking that it's mine for the taking."
The Mountain View High and Utah Valley University alum and Mormon athlete isn't going to waste an opportunity many years in the making. She was on the verge of her Olympic dream in 2005 when a bobsled hit her and broke her leg. She was back on the track within six weeks, but failed to make the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team.