"I can't even name how many people have helped me get here," said Pikus-Pace in a teleconference last Sunday after being officially named to the 2010 Olympic skeleton team. "Most importantly my mom, first of all. When I was in high school, she was always taking time off work to drive me two hours to and from the track so I could see if it was something I was interested in doing."
The list goes on.
"My sister Amanda," Pikus-Pace said. "She watches my daughter every single day, and she's working. Her family has made so many sacrifices just so I could be here right now."
There were letters of support, offers of financial help, including a stranger who bought her a new sled, at the cost of $5,000, when her sled was run over by a bobsled as she tried to recover from a devastating injury that occurred just a few months earlier.
"I wouldn't have been able to pay for that," she said. "There have been countless people who have been right there to support me and are right by my side. Really, this is not all about me. This isn't just my moment."