Mormon Olympian rides on her faith

by | Feb. 10, 2010

Saints & Sports

Pain, disappointment and chaos could have obliterated Noelle Pikus-Pace's dream of being an Olympian.

Instead, she turned to her faith and found peace, as well as a renewed purpose.

The Orem native and skeleton competitor is one of seven Mormon athletes who will vie in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, this month.

...For most of them, faith is an integral part not just of who they are, but of what they are able to accomplish as athletes.

Faith has defined Pikus-Pace's career as she suffered a compound fracture to her lower right leg in October 2005, just a few months before the 2006 Olympics. She defied the odds and doctors' predictions with her amazing recovery, as she was back on the skeleton track within six weeks of the accident. In the end, it was a rules issue that kept Pikus-Pace from competing in 2006.

She avoided the lure of self-pity after the accident, throughout painful rehab sessions and despite the thought of taking four more years to earn a trip to the Olympics, by relying on her faith in God as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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