Noelle Pikus Pace graduated from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah in 2001. In high school she competed in soccer, basketball, softball, track and field, bobsled and skeleton. She went on to run track and field at Utah Valley University and graduated in 2005 1st team All-American with a bachelor’s degree in community health. During that time, she also broke the UVU high jump record, was the NJCAA National Discus Champion and became the first American woman to ever win the Overall World Cup Title in skeleton. She was favored to win the gold medal going into the 2006 winter Olympics.
At the U.S. Olympic trials in October of 2005 an unfortunate accident kept her from competing at the Olympic Games. A bobsled unexpectedly came out of the track and hit her. She sustained a compound fracture to her lower right leg and was unable to compete in the Olympics. One year later, she came back to win the World Championships by the largest margin the history of the sport. She continued on with her education and received a master’s degree in business administration in 2007.
In 2008 Noelle decided to take a year off from competition and she and her husband Janson had a little girl, Lacee Lynne Pace. Noelle competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics, on a sled that her husband built, and was the top U.S finisher finishing 4th, just one-tenth of a second out of the medals. She retired after the Olympics to spend more time with her family and Noelle and Janson had a baby boy named Traycen in 2011.
The summer of 2012, Noelle and Janson decided that she would give it one last try to earn an Olympic medal, but only if their family could all travel together. Their dream became a reality February 14, 2014 as Noelle crossed the finish line, winning the silver medal at the Sochi, Russia Olympic Winter Games. The incredible moment was solidified as Noelle jumped into the stands to embrace her family while shouting, “We did it!”.
In 2015, they added twin boys to their family. Noelle is the author of “Focused: Keeping Your Life on Track One Choice at a Time”. She and Janson currently manage their company, Inspire Higher, where they strive to help individuals live on purpose through elite online courses, masterclasses, programs and consulting.